Drosera Madagascariensis Seeds

Drosera Madagascariensis Seeds (South African)

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The species can grow nearly ten inches tall. The leaves are oblong, linear to spatulate. The upper surface of the leaves have a covering of sticky tentacles, that attracts preys.

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Drosera madagascariensis is a tropical erect African species. In nature, it grows in Madagascar and tropical Africa, Niger, Angola, west Zaïre, to Tanzanie, Swaziland, Transvaal and Natal in South Africa. The natural habitat is sandy marshes. The leaves are held erect away from the stem and eventually fold down to clothe the stem as it grows taller. The species can grow nearly ten inches tall. The leaves are oblong, linear to spatulate. The upper surface of the leaves have a covering of sticky tentacles, that attracts preys. The leaves, curl around any captured prey like a fist. The flowers are pink or purplish-red. 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 zone 11, (4°C/40F) in Winter. They should be grown in bright light, but with protection from full midday sun. In cloudy coastal areas, artificial light is preferable. The plant likes temperatures around 25°C in Summer and 15°C in Winter. Drosera madagascariensis 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. There's no need to fertilize, as the plant relies on insects for food. The humidity should be between 60-80%. 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. This one prefers slightly drier conditions than most, so it's advisable to let the water tray dry out before refilling. 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 madagascariensis
Common name Sundew
Family No
Genus Drosera
Species Drosera madagascariensis
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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