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By Yster3+
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Hey guys.. so I've had 3 sundews for about 2 weeks. When I bought them from the nursery they were dewy but now they are definitely not and look dry, but still very green. I'm confident that they are getting enough light and I've been tray water using distilled water. The day I've gotten them I placed them in full sun for about 8 hours and they turned red. I read somewhere that the red turning is normal as it indicates good lighting. My problem is now that ever since that for the past 2 weeks they have not produced dew like in the shop. There is some dew on the younger leaves bit they are very little and the young leaves are also much smaller. The red hair follicles also seem to be shrinking.

I thought the Cape Sundew would be perfect for me as I am in zone 10 but its giving me more trouble than most. My vft bought at the same nursery underwent the same lighting shift as the sundews when bought and it appears to be thriving putting out new traps and there are about a few baby traps developing.

Can you please help with advice to help my sundew recover. I've been leaving them outside in the day and bring them in at night. I would really love to get them dewy again. They get enough sunlight though my slatted roof and I placed them against the wall to protect from wind. I just wanted to check if they are also getting enough water. I posted a pic with the tray I'm using.

And if possible can anyone identify my flytrap.
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By Panman
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The plants look fine. Sundews will tend to pout if their conditions are suddenly changed. It takes them about a month to settle in and start getting dewy again. The old leaves may never develop dew again, but new leaves should come in sticky.
By Yster3+
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Hey Panman... thanks. I guess I'll just give them time now. And an update on my ventricosa that I had bagged, today both plants centre opened up to make a new leave and they look really happy. Thanks for your swift advice bro.
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By Panman
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No problem. I have (unintentionally) abused my plants in so many and varied ways that I am getting pretty good at resuscitation.
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By Sarracenia2004
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Im in the SF bay area in a similar zone as you. I just put mine in full sun, and within a few weeks they will get dew.
By h3r0
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You will be fine as others have said. Since you bought them from a nursery those plants will be use to that environment which I'm guessing had a higher humidity, certain temp etc... Now that they have moved they will be stressed as you are witnessing. It will take some time but eventually they will get the dew going assuming the humidity isn't 0%.

Keep an eye out on the new growths. 90% of the time you can tell how healthy the plant is based on the new growths. Old leaves will blacken/curl out of stress really quickly but if the new growths are healthy looking throughout then the plant is most likely fine. These things are pretty hardy so keep that in mind.

And no wind shouldn't really matter barring from extreme gales. The only thing annoying about wind is when it blows dirt and crap into your leaves making it looks messy etc... Even then I have seen others not clean it off and the plant is still fine/healthy.
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By Eventerminator
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Yster3+ wrote: Fri Nov 12, 2021 9:42 pm Does the wind affect them at all?
From my experience, not really. It gets pretty windy in my place and they don’t seem to mind. I just give them a lot of water and sun.
By Yster3+
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Thank you all.. I thought I was doing something wrong with them, and yes the nursery had a much higher humidity.
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