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By BoothEatsBUGS
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This may seem strange to some of you, but why is it that it seems like no one grows these things? I just recently discovered them, omfg they're amazing looking. Are these plants extremely hard to grow or something? they look like sea urchins!
By Daniel_G
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I've recently started thinking about growing these.
I don't think they're insanely hard to grow, just more difficult than others.
By BoothEatsBUGS
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Even from the few articles I've read about the only thing I can see is they like to be kept hot one person on cpuk said like 100f hot. I would love to grow one of these and carnivorous plant nursery has them. Except they're $22USD...
By bananaman
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I've heard that they need a HOT dormancy in the summer, then cooler conditions in the winter, without freezing.
I believe that they require conditions similar to the tuberous sundews.
By BoothEatsBUGS
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Here's the post I was referring to earlier, it seems to me like you could grow them in the same conditions as lets say the spatulata dews ... era-Lanata

Oops i thought it was on CPUK i guess it was on TF :P
By fattytuna
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Spatulata is insanely easy though and is found in the more temperate areas of Australia.

Wooly sundews come from Northern Australia where there is a distinct dry and wet season. During the wet season (summer), it storms almost everyday and is uncomfortably humid (hovers around 34 C so 95F?).
During the dry season, it hardly rains at all and the air is dry. It is still hot, around 29 C with minimum temps around 20 or so. This info is for Darwin, as you move further inland, temperature fluctuations seem to rise.

While I haven't had any experience with these sundews, I'm assuming that due to the very different seasons in the US, it will be harder to keep these things alive. Of course, theres probably easier, more adaptable species to grow.

Heres some info for the weather in the Kimberleys region of Australia: ... ather.html
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By BoothEatsBUGS
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Well weather wont really be that much of a factor for me, I do all my growing indoors under T5s, also it wouldn't be that difficult for me to set up some sort of grow chamber.

Also it may be possible to adapt these plants to my growing conditions, as I have yet to have any problem growing any of my plants in the same conditions.

Thanks for the weather info though, that's great! It will certainly help me attempt to mimic their natural habitat.
By BoothEatsBUGS
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I think I'm going to give it a shot anyway, see if I can adapt them to my current growing conditions. In my nepenthes area it can get up to 96 degrees (max on my temp gauge), only issue I currently have is keeping humidity up, because my grow shelf is open, but as soon as I can purchase some of that plastic cardboard stuff, I'm going to enclose it and add a humidification system.

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