Drosera Aliciae Seeds

Drosera Aliciae Seeds (Alice Sundew Seeds)

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Insectivorous plant that can survive in nitrogen poor soils because it gets the nutrients it needs from insects.

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Drosera aliciae is a small, interesting Sundew plant of South Africa. It is very easy to grow. This plant was first discovered in the Southwest of the cape. A very popular rosette forming Sundew. Beautiful light purplish pink flowers to about one to three centimeters are produced throughout the growing season. Drosera aliciae can grow up to 3 inches across. It produces flat circular rosettes, held flat to the soil. The upper surface of the light green leaves, have a covering of sticky tentacles which are a dark pink or brilliant red. The leaves are about 1/2 inch in width and 1 1/4 inch in length. The leaves, curl around any captured prey like a fist. The underside of the leaves are hairy and this can be seen as the new leaves unfurl. 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 8-10, (1°C/35°F, -10°C/15°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/25°C, 68°F/76°F) in Summer; and a little bit cooler in Winter (15°C / 59°F) for optimum conditions; but it doesn't need a period of cooler temperature at all cost. The plant doesn't have a dormance period. They grow well in a standard peat moss/sand which can be anything from 50% to 70% peat moss. There's no need to fertilize, as the plant relies on insects for food. The humidity should be between 60-80%. 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 Alice Sundew
Family No
Genus Drosera
Species Drosera Aliciae
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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