Drosera Lowriei

Drosera Lowriei Seeds (Tuberous)

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Growth occurs during the Winter months. It is important to respect the seasonal pattern of growth in cultivation.

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Drosera lowriei is a tuberous Drosera growing in South Western Australia. It grows in sand, near a source of water. Drosera lowriei is a small plant, to 4 cm in diameter. It grows as a green rosette with maroon red margins and mid-veines. It produces white flowers that may be 5, 6 or 7-petalled, but usually 5. 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. Growth occurs during the Winter months. It is important to respect the seasonal pattern of growth in cultivation. Once the plant starts to die back and enter dormancy the soil should be allowed to gradually dry out as the plant starts storing up energies in the tuber for the next season's growth. During the Summer months, reduce watering. Tuberous sundews can only be repotted when dormant, as the stem connecting the tuber to the soil surface is delicate. Hardiness zone 9, (-5°C/25F) in Winter. The plants like sun. Temperatures well above 25°C/78°F can cause them to die back and will kill seedlings. They should be grown in bright light, but with protection from full midday sun. In cloudy coastal areas, artificial light is preferable. Use a soil mix of 1 part sand for 1 part peat moss. There's no need to fertilize, as the plant relies on insects for food. They require seasons in order to survive long term. They need a dormant period of about 3 months in Summer. At this time the compost should be allowed to dry slightly. 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 Drosera lowriei
Common name Sundew
Family No
Genus Drosera
Species Drosera Lowriei
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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