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By felinefancier87
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Hi Everyone,

I have grown three drosera species from seeds (Drosera Capillaris, Drosera Burmannii, Drosera Spatulata) using the Ziploc bag technique and have removed the bags once the seedlings were noticeably sized (they are in pots immersed in water trays and being supplemented by a compact fluorescent bulb on a timer), but they haven't actually changed at all in probably about 3 months--they haven't really grown bigger or anything, and the plants are only maybe 1 mm in size at most. Is this normal, or are the plants just dead? How long do they take to grow? I've read that you can feed them to help the process, but these seedlings are so tiny that I doubt they are capable of digesting anything at their current size. What do I do?
By ChefDean
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Joined:  Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:44 am
They are definitely capable of eating something as long as the tentacles are boogery.
I feed my dew seedlings nutritional yeast. I can crush it up to very tiny pieces and deliver it to the paddles with a toothpick.
I've also had dews just stall out for no reason, then pick up after a couple of months like nothing happened.
You could try feeding them, but as long as they're green, they're good.
By uxleumas
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Joined:  Thu May 07, 2020 5:30 pm
for me, you have to feed something to get them started. you should be fine if you give them lots of sun, but practically no one has that much. you can use a thin wire to move pieces of food to the traps. you can experiment with folar feeding but that's kinda risky in my opinion if you don't know what you're doing.
By Apollyon
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I've foliar fed sprouts before. I did it a little more carefully though and applied it with a small paintbrush dipped with some maxsea. It works but it definitely burns some of the smaller leaves. So when I do it I aim for a leaf I think will be terminated next, usually the smallest or lowest. I'm kind of in the same boat. I have two pots of bainkloof seeds in the same conditions. One pot is growing great but the other is full of tiny sprouts. I have no idea how that worked out. Conditions,. media, seed packs were all the same. It's curious.
By ChefDean
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felinefancier87 wrote: Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:52 am Ok, so nutritional you mean like the yeast you use for baking bread??
No, it's different. Basically it's yeast that has been spent. It has the protein and carbohydrates, but it's dead.
It's in the baking aisle of most grocery stores: Bragg Nutritional Yeast.
Essentially it's only protein and carbs.
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By schmeg
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The reason bloodworms are popular/recommended is that they are the larval stage of the Midge Fly—an insect. Insects are the natural diet for the plants.

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