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Care Sheet for Drosera spatulata

Drosera spatulata, commonly known as the Spoon-leaved Sundew, is a species of carnivorous plant known for its sticky tentacles that trap and digest insects. Here's a care sheet to help you properly care for Drosera spatulata:

  • Light Requirements:

    • Provide your Drosera spatulata with plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. A south-facing window or a location with ample sunlight is ideal. Avoid exposing the plant to direct sunlight for extended periods, as it may cause leaf burn.
  • Temperature:

    • Maintain temperatures between 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night. Drosera spatulata can tolerate a wide range of temperatures but prefers moderate conditions.
  • Watering:

    • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water your Drosera spatulata with distilled water, rainwater, or purified water to avoid mineral buildup. Water from below by filling the tray or pot saucer, allowing the plant to absorb water through its roots.
  • Soil:

    • Plant your Drosera spatulata in a well-draining, acidic soil mix. A mixture of peat moss and perlite or sand works well. Avoid using potting mixes with added fertilizers or nutrients, as these can harm the plant.
  • Potting:

    • Use a shallow container or pot with drainage holes to plant your Drosera spatulata. Avoid deep pots, as the plant's roots are relatively shallow. Repotting is typically not necessary unless the plant outgrows its current container.
  • Feeding:

    • Drosera spatulata is a carnivorous plant that captures insects to supplement its nutrient intake. Allow the plant to catch prey naturally, as this is essential for its health. Avoid feeding it manually unless absolutely necessary.
  • Humidity:

    • While Drosera spatulata can tolerate average indoor humidity levels, it benefits from higher humidity. If the air in your home is dry, you can increase humidity by placing a tray of water with pebbles beneath the plant's pot. Ensure the pot is not sitting in water to prevent waterlogging.
  • Pruning:

    • Trim away any dead or decaying leaves as needed to maintain the plant's overall health and appearance. Drosera spatulata continuously produces new leaves, so occasional pruning may be necessary.
  • Winter Care:

    • During the winter months, reduce watering slightly and protect the plant from cold drafts. Drosera spatulata can tolerate cooler temperatures, but it's best to keep it away from frost or extreme cold.
  • Pest Control:

    • Keep an eye out for common pests such as aphids, spider mites, and fungus gnats. If pests are present, treat the plant with insecticidal soap or neem oil, following the manufacturer's instructions.

By following these care guidelines, you can enjoy a healthy and thriving Drosera spatulata in your home or garden.

Drosera spatulata - Spoon-leaved Sundew

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