Drosera root lenght for a drosera waterfall project

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Drosera root lenght for a drosera waterfall project

by roarke » Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:16 pm

I cannot find a list with drosera species that have their roots between 1 and 2 inches in length. I will post today (it is 12:56 AM and i'm going to sleep) an image of the project i want to do (a drosera waterfall, which will be static or not).

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Re: Drosera root lenght for a drosera waterfall project

by roarke » Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:50 pm

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It is a electric motor (aquarium pump 1.5 W) driven water fall that put the water in motion and move the glass ball above it. What drosera species have their roots between 1 and 2 inches in length when they reach maturity ? I want to put some drosera species in there. I cannot do a movie with my camera, so don't ask.

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Re: Drosera root lenght for a drosera waterfall project

by fattytuna » Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:37 pm

I'm pretty sure that most species will have roots longer than 2 inches. However, some species like D. spatulata don't find if cramped and I have seen them growing in small cracks in the wild.

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Re: Drosera root lenght for a drosera waterfall project

by Ras » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:15 pm

yea I agree with tuna. your best bet would be just a hardy sundew of smaller stature. natalensis and spatulata will pretty much grow anywhere. you could always trim the roots if they flowed over the boundaries

another idea would be to try some pygmy gammae
doubt they would mind the small space as long as it stayed wet which is the biggest issue when using a small potting space, it dries out faster but you shouldnt have to worry about that in a waterfall lol
the roots are like tiny hairs aswell, so they can fit an enormous amount of root-surface area in a small spot. basically in comparison you can only fit so many large clunky roots in a small space where as small hairlike roots can bob and weave through each other until there is almost nothing left in the media but roots

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Re: Drosera root lenght for a drosera waterfall project

by roarke » Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:29 pm

What species of pygmy, Ras, because in the link below it said that
The tiny plants can have very long roots so it is best if you do not transplant them at all.
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Re: Drosera root lenght for a drosera waterfall project

by Ras » Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:22 am

well in my experience alot of plants including non cps grow their roots to fit their media space, some try to break through w.e barrier is keeping them from growing like when u see spots in the sidewalk that have been cracked by grass/tree roots . I don't expect a pygmy to be cracking anything so i really wouldnt worry about it too much just go with trial and error
and even if the roots overflowed I think it would look nice, natural like vines.
as long as the water stayed flowing the roots would probably just follow the waterway

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