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Drosera spathulata 'Lantau Island' is a unique and visually appealing carnivorous sundew native to Lantau Island and mountainous China. Known for its tiny, spoon-shaped leaves covered in sticky mucilage, this sundew attracts and captures insects to fulfill its nutritional needs. Here's a care sheet to help you cultivate Drosera spathulata 'Lantau Island' successfully in a terrarium setting.

Light: Place Drosera spathulata 'Lantau Island' in a terrarium with bright, indirect light. These plants prefer 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.

Temperature: Maintain a temperature range of 65-75°F (18-24°C) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night. Drosera spathulata 'Lantau Island' appreciates moderate warmth but can tolerate mild temperature fluctuations.

Humidity: Keep the terrarium humidity high, around 50-70% or more. This species thrives in humid conditions, crucial for the production of dew on its leaves. Use a humidity gauge to monitor levels and mist the terrarium if needed.

Substrate: Use a well-draining, acidic substrate for Drosera spathulata 'Lantau Island.' A mix of sphagnum moss and perlite or a specialized carnivorous plant mix is suitable. Ensure the substrate stays 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 spathulata 'Lantau Island' is a carnivorous plant that 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.

Maintenance:

  • Remove any dead or decaying leaves regularly 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 spathulata 'Lantau Island' in a location with bright, filtered light within the terrarium. Allow space for the plant to spread and display its unique spoon-shaped leaves. This species can be an attractive focal point or part of a diverse carnivorous plant collection.

By following these care instructions, you can create an optimal environment for Drosera spathulata 'Lantau Island' in your terrarium, replicating the conditions of its native habitat. Enjoy the beauty of its distinct form and the fascinating process of insect capture.

Drosera spathulata 'Lantau Island'

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