Drosera Pulchella

Drosera Pulchella Seeds (Pygmy)

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Another startling feature of the Pygmy Sundews are their size. Normally the plants grow to a maximum diameter of half an inch. The rosettes are about 1.5 cm across and golden-green in color, more red under bright light.

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Drosera pulchella are from the southwest of Australia. The climate is of the Mediterranean sea with warm, dry Summers and cool, wet Winters. Another startling feature of the Pygmy Sundews are their size. Normally the plants grow to a maximum diameter of half an inch. The rosettes are about 1.5 cm across and golden-green in color, more red under bright light. Although some people are put off by their size, their beauty lie in numbers. Because of the gemmae, the plants quickly cover the growing area, forming dense mats. The leaves, curl around any captured prey like a fist. Drosera pulchella makes pretty pink flowers. It flowers early Spring to mid Summer. 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. Pygmy Sundews differ from the rest of their species, because of their ability to form gemmae. These are flat, round bodies which form in the center of the plant. They are basically seed, although they don't need to be pollinated. The germination rate is far higher than that of seed. Also gemmae grow into mature plants very quickly. Because of the plants producing lots of gemmae, these plants are very easy to grow and propagate. When the plants are forming gemmae, brush the gemmae off with a soft paintbrush onto a paper towel. Even if you don't want any new plants it is best to do this, because if you don't your plants will become over crowded and become and easy target for pests. Hardiness zones 8-10, (1°C/35°F, -10°C/15°F) in Winter. The plants should have hot and dry Summers and cool and wet Winters. They should be grown in bright light, but with protection from full midday sun. Temperatures should be kept between 20°C/68°F, 25°C / 80°F. In cloudy coastal areas, artificial light is a must. Pygmy Drosera have usually very long roots and grow best in pots 15-20cm deep. Drosera pulchella will grow in smaller pots. The Pygmy that will grow in smaller pots do well in a mix of three parts peat moss to one part sand. Keep very wet in Winter. The plants which are suited to smaller pots can stand in water throughout Summer as these often continue growing in Summer. Drosera Pulchella will grow where the water level is much closer to the soil surface. There's no need to fertilize, as the plant relies on insects for food. Water must be distilled or rain water because they do not tolerate city or hard water.
Label No
Common name Sundew
Family No
Genus No
Species Drosera pulchella
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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