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Drosera madagascariensis, commonly known as the Madagascar Sundew, is a small and intriguing carnivorous plant native to Madagascar. Recognized for its delicate rosettes of sticky leaves, this sundew captures and digests insects to obtain essential nutrients. Cultivating Drosera madagascariensis in a terrarium can be a rewarding experience. Here's a care sheet to guide you:

Light: Place Drosera madagascariensis in a terrarium with bright, indirect light. These plants thrive in high light conditions, so provide access to natural sunlight or use artificial lighting such as LED grow lights. Avoid prolonged exposure to intense, direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.

Temperature: Maintain a temperature range of 65-80°F (18-27°C) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night. Drosera madagascariensis prefers moderate warmth and can tolerate mild temperature fluctuations.

Humidity: Keep the terrarium humidity high, around 50-70% or more. This species requires a humid environment to produce dew on its leaves, which aids in insect capture. Use a humidity gauge to monitor levels and mist the terrarium if needed.

Substrate: Use a well-draining, acidic substrate for Drosera madagascariensis. A mix of sphagnum moss and perlite or a specialized carnivorous plant mix is suitable. Ensure the substrate remains consistently moist but not waterlogged.

Water: Water the plant with purified water, such as distilled or rainwater. Avoid tap water, as minerals can harm the plant. Keep the substrate consistently moist, and consider placing the pot in a shallow tray of water to enhance humidity.

Feeding: Drosera madagascariensis is a carnivorous plant that naturally captures insects for nutrients. While it can sustain itself through prey capture, you may supplement its diet with small insects like fruit flies. Avoid overfeeding to prevent stress on the plant.


  • Regularly remove any dead or decaying leaves to maintain the plant's overall health.
  • Monitor for pests, especially fungus gnats, as the humid conditions may attract them. Remove pests manually or use insecticides if necessary.

Terrarium Placement: Position Drosera madagascariensis in a location with bright, filtered light within the terrarium. Allow space for the plant to form its characteristic rosettes. This species can be an attractive addition to a carnivorous plant collection or a themed terrarium.

By following these care instructions, you can create an optimal environment for Drosera madagascariensis in your terrarium, replicating the conditions of its native habitat in Madagascar. Enjoy the captivating nature of this small but mighty carnivorous plant.

Drosera madagascariensis - Madagascar Sundew

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