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Drosera nidiformis, also known as Bird's Nest Sundew, is a captivating carnivorous plant indigenous to KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. Its unique appearance and insect-trapping abilities make it an excellent choice for a terrarium setting, providing both beauty and intrigue.

Light: Place Drosera nidiformis in a terrarium with bright, indirect light. These plants thrive in high light conditions, so ensure they receive ample natural sunlight or use artificial lighting such as LED grow lights. Be cautious of direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.

Temperature: Maintain a temperature range of 65-80°F (18-27°C) during the day and avoid extreme temperature fluctuations. Drosera nidiformis prefers warmer conditions, reflecting its native habitat in South Africa.

Humidity: Keep the terrarium humidity high, around 50-70% or more. Mimicking the humid conditions of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is crucial for the health of Drosera nidiformis. Use a humidity gauge to monitor levels and consider placing the pot on a tray of water to enhance moisture.

Substrate: Use a well-draining, acidic substrate for Drosera nidiformis. A mix of sphagnum moss and perlite or a specialized carnivorous plant mix is suitable. Maintain consistent moisture in the substrate without waterlogging.

Water: Water the plant with purified water, such as distilled or rainwater. Drosera nidiformis is sensitive to mineral content in water, so avoid tap water. Keep the substrate consistently moist, and provide a shallow tray of water if needed to boost humidity.

Feeding: Drosera nidiformis is a carnivorous plant that naturally captures insects for nutrients. While it can thrive on its own, supplement its diet with small insects like fruit flies or pinhead crickets. Avoid overfeeding, as too much prey capture can stress the plant.


  • Regularly remove 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: Select a prominent location within the terrarium where Drosera nidiformis can receive bright light. Consider its growth habit and provide enough space for the plant to spread and capture prey. This species tends to form a rosette, resembling a bird's nest, creating a visually appealing centerpiece.

By following these care guidelines, you can create an optimal environment for Drosera nidiformis (Bird's Nest Sundew) in your terrarium, replicating the conditions of its native habitat in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Enjoy the beauty of its unique structure and the fascinating process of insect capture.

Drosera nidiformis - Bird's Nest Sundew

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