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By Connjiff
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Hello, I just got a drosera capensis in the mail and it was not doing good at first but I think when it acclimated it started to do better. But lately, it has not produced any dew and its leaves are turning black on the tips and a lot of the leaves were dying out. And Ive followed all the rules I give him about 50% humidity, the correct soil, distilled water I dont have hot or cold temperatures in my house. I have the little sundew facing a west window but I guess it must not have been getting enough sunlight so I bought it a light and heres a picture of its setup if anyone can tell me anything to do better please do I want my little guy to get better. ... &disp=safe ... &disp=safe

please tell me if these links work for the pictures.
By Benny
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Humidity should not be an issue with most drosera and flytraps. Forget the 50% humidity thing, as this is defiantly not an issue. All the humidity does is cause the plants to create an unnecessary amount of dew. What is you soil? And pics may be helpful.

But wait for someone who really knows what they are doing with drosera to respond, as I barely know any.
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By Shadowtski
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Your links are not working.

When I get a new plant or transplant an existing one, I bag or dome it for 2 - 4 weeks.
This gives times the roots time to settle in and lowers stress on the plant from transpiration and other factors.

After it is fully settled in, start poking holes in the bag/dome and let it adjust to ambient conditions in its new home.

If your lighting conditions are stronger than what it was used to, you may lose the old leaves. But the new ones that come in will be fine with your conditions.

Drosera capensis are pretty sturdy.
As long as the big 3 are honored, the plant should recover.

1) Lotsa, lotsa, lotsa light.
2) Very pure rainwater, distilled water, de-ionized water, or Reverse Osmosis filtered water.
3) Nutrient free acidic media.

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By Connjiff
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ok thank you I didnt know about old leaves dying off and I did not dome my plant but its been over 4 weeks since when I have had them so they should have acclimated by now
By Connjiff
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Here are the pictures and this is my set up
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By Shadowtski
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When a plant is shipped, its roots tend to get shaken up and lose firm contact with the media they're potted in.
If you don't bag/dome, the plant has a hard time replenishing normal moisture lost by the leaf.
Under these conditions, it can take longer to acclimate.
Some weaker plants go belly-up if they cant get enough moisture, quickly enough, from their roots.
Any time I get a new plant, it goes into my Intensive Care Ward until it is fully recovered.

It may not be absolutely necessary to do this.
But it sure seems to help speed up the acclimation process.

Just my 02¢ worth.
By Connjiff
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ok thank you do you think I should still bag and dome it now (after about month and a half of acclimating) or leave it as it is.
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By Shadowtski
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If you zoom in on the new leaf growth, it looks underdeveloped.
Underdeveloped leaves are almost always a sign of inadequate light.
You stated that you just installed the LED light a day or so ago.
I suspect that the new growth should resemble normal Sundew leaves.
I think you had two problems originally.
Transplant or shipping shock was one and low light was the other.
I think your Sundew will do OK.
Keep an eye on the new growth emerging from the center.
That is the barometer of your plant's health.

So my amateur opinion says leave it as it is, but keep a close watch on your new growth.
You should have completely developed leaved.
You should see some Red or Pink coloration on the tentacle gland when you have enough light.
Here's a photo of a Drosera capensis Typical Form when it's getting enough light.

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