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By Wood1988
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Joined:  Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:36 am
Just to clarify, I cut all the leaves off as they had gone black and died (the flower stalk is still attached as the flowers had shrivelled but it remains healthy).

I have now put the plant outside to give it more light.
By Adriana
Posts:  39
Joined:  Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:47 pm
Hi Wood1988, again I encourage you to create a new thread in the Sundew forum when you have questions. I get alerts for this thread now so I saw this :-)

I guess I'm not understanding what you mean by rhizome. D. capensis does make a sort of tap root, a thicker chunk of root from which smaller roots branch off, is that what you mean? Rhizomes (AFAIK) are runners that come from the plant to form new plants; they are basically underground stems. I know King Sundews make them but I don't know that Cape sundews do.

Cape sundews can make new plantlets from any bit of root, so whatever you mean, I think the answer is yes :-) Here's some info with some options for whatever root chunks you have ... t_Cuttings
By Apollyon
Posts:  152
Joined:  Tue May 05, 2020 2:49 am
Hey wood, the good news is Capensis can grow from virtually any part of the plant. I personally have done it with root cuttings but a lot of people do it with leaf cuttings as well. It is a versatile plant like that. Rhizomes will be just under the base of the leaves in plants like VFTs, Drosera Regia, and Pinguicula. It's like a central hub where the leaves grow from the center of the plant. Capensis form stems and grow upwards, albeit slowly. Anyway, it wouldn't surprise me if both parts strike new plants if you give them the right conditions and maintain high humidity.

An alternative for seedling fertilization would be a light spray of maxsea 16-16-16 fertilizer 1/4 tsp per gallon of distilled water every couple of weeks. I personally use a very fine mist bottle because I've had bad luck with heavier dosing. This allows me more control to prevent burn.

For now, your seedlings sound way too young. The seedlings have nutrients supplied to them from the seed husks as well as energy from photosynthesis. I wouldn't feed them until they're large enough that you can visibly see them without a lens. A safer alternative to maxsea would be your fishfood. I'd probably take a little bit crush it and add a drop of distilled water so I could put it on a leaf. Sometimes that's too concentrated for the leaf so I put it on smaller, weaker leaves that will drop next anyway. I do either one every 2-3 weeks. I saw a post you made about seed germination and a stray weed in the pot. I'm glad that those seeds sprouted for you in the end. Keep it up!
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