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By camsdad66
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Joined:  Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:39 pm
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TrapHappy....me too! Kills me how it's labeled as one of the easiest CPs ever, perfect beginner's plant, etc!

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By murrkywaters
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Joined:  Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:39 pm
#368027
What I've learned from killing the first one was that water and light are musts. I let it dry out a bit in a north facing window that winter and it did not survive. Temperature matters less. Capes native range is actually subtropical rather than tropical and they can handle much wider temperature ranges than most will give them credit for.

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By nimbulan
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Besides the usual sundew concerns of strong light and ample water, the only other stumbling block for cape sundews is that they, like basically all South African plants, are heat-sensitive. It's extremely difficult to grow them in a tropical climate or even sub-tropical areas like Florida. Locations with hot summers (particularly coupled with warm nights) are also very hard on the plants.
By JoshDoe
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Joined:  Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:21 pm
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From seed I've never had better germination than with Sundews. I would agreee with the experts they are by far the easiest, but you gotta learn. Yes, dry soil is the fastest way to kill almost all carnivorous plants in my experience. However too moist and you'll get mold/fungus which has killed several of my babies. There's a lot of posts about how to stop or curb Mold I'd say I'm not the best source (see the previous sentence). I'd say keep at it, the seed bank has what seems like an infinite supply of cape sundews so kill away until you get it down. Remember Thomas Edison found 99 ways to NOT to make a lightbulb before finding 1 that did. Happy growing.
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By murrkywaters
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I'd tend to agree with that. I think mold isn't a huge issue for me because I have good airflow in my grow tent. I do have algae issues, but it has more to do with the algae farm I have indoors than anything.

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