Drosera Admirabilis Seeds

Drosera Admirabilis Seeds (South African)

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Seeds from South Africa. Drosera admirabilis is a pretty compact rosette Sundew, easy to grow. The coloration is vivid with the tentacles being a dark red and the leaves a vibrant green.

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This South African plant is similar in appearence to Drosera aliciae, but differs in that is smaller, about 2 cm and is overall more compact. Drosera admirabilis is a pretty compact rosette Sundew, easy to grow. The coloration is vivid with the tentacles being a dark red and the leaves a vibrant green. The leaves curl around any captured prey like a fist. Very free flowering with pale pink flowers produced from May to September. It 's an insectivorous plant, it can survive in nitrogen poor soils because it gets the nutrients it needs from insects. The upper surfaces of leaves are covered with hairs that secrete a sweet sticky substance. This attracts insects, which become smeared with it and unable to escape. The plant then exudes a digestive fluid that enables it to absorb most of the insect into its system. Hardiness zones 9, (-5°C/25°F) in Winter. They should be grown in bright light, but with protection from full midday sun. In cloudy coastal areas, artificial light is preferable. If the plant gets enough light, it will produce very nice red rosettes. Temperatures should be kept between 20°C/30°C, 68°F/85°F. The plant does not have a dormancy period. They grow well in a standard peat moss/sand which can be anything from 50% to 70% peat moss. The humidity should be between 60-80%. There's no need to fertilize, as the plant relies on insects for food. Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings. Water must be distilled or rain water because they do not tolerate city or hard water. It is a good idea to place a pie pan or large saucer, with about an inch of water in it, under the pot. Elevate the pot by placing pebbles under it so that the base of the pot is barely in contact with the water, not submerged; the growing medium must stay moist, but never soggy. This will keep the humidity around the plant higher and it will ensure that the plant has a constant source of moisture.
Label No
Common name Sundew
Family Droseraceae
Genus Drosera
Species Drosera Admirabilis
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination The seeds require 6 weeks hot stratification. Sow directly on the surface of your moist but not soaked soil mix. Do not cover them with any medium, the seeds are really tiny. After hot stratification, somewhat uncover the top of the pot, so that moisture and heat drop a little. Place the pot in an area with real nice strong light and keep the temperature around 20°C/68°F.

When you see some tiny plants starting to sprout, slowly open the top of the pot, a little each day, so that the new seedlings don't go into shock from the humidity being lowered too quickly. After hot stratification, germination usually occurs in 1-3 months, but it can be prolonged up to several months, depending on their degree of unbroken dormancy, don't give up. Be very gentle with the new seedlings, not to destroy anything, it is very tiny. Make sure that it gets good air circulation.
Scarification / Stratification It creates a hot and moist environment for the seeds. This will break their dormancy. Place the seeds on top of a prepared soil mix. Put the pots with seeds in plastic ziplock bags under but not too close to florescent lights. A temperature around 25°C / 76°F works best. Make sure to check the seeds often. If fungus or mold appears treat it with a fungicide.

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