Drosera Paradoxa

Drosera Paradoxa Seeds (Petiolaris-Complex)

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Prefers soil that is barely damp. Does not require winter dormancy, but will go dormant if kept cool and in low light.

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Drosera Paradoxa belongs to the woolly sundew family. Woolly sundews are native to areas of Australia where it is hot and humid in summer and hot and dry in winter. This plant is a very unusually shaped sundew that can grow from a dense pin cushion appearance up to a foot in height depending on light intensity. When it is grown in full sun, the rosettes grow like a pincushion on the ground and will grow up to 4 in. (0.3m) high only, but in shady areas they can grow up to 1 ft (30cm) tall, leaning on other plants for support. In their natural environment, these plants die back in the dryer season, although in cultivation, they will keep growing if kept wet. This sundew is a fibrous-rooted tropical perennial, herb. The wooly erect stems, with a solitary terminal leafy pinkish rosette, emerge in the middle of the plant and as they get older they start to drop to the side. This plant blooms from July to September. The little pink flowers are born on an inflorescence with woolly hairs. The Paradoxa plant grows well in skeletal soils over sandstone. They are often found on the banks and beds of seasonally flooded creeks.TheDrosera Paradoxais by far the easiest sundew to grow among thisPetiolaris complex group of tropical sundews. Hardiness zones: 11 (4c/40f) Depending on your climate, you may need to grow this plant sundew in a warm terrarium with strong fluorescent lights. Unlike other tropical sundews, all woolly sundews prefer soil that is barely damp. Keep the water level no higher than 1/4 inch, and allow the water dish to dry for a day or two before watering again. For best results, keep this plant between 75° - 90°F and in strong light throughout the day. This plant does not require winter dormancy, but will go dormant if kept cool and in low light. The Paradoxa has a cold tolerance to 60°F so it should be grown as a houseplant in colder climate.
Label Drosera paradoxa
Common name Sundew
Family Droseraceae
Genus Drosera
Species Drosera paradoxa
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination Drosera Paradoxa seeds will usually germinate in 30-90 days. The seeds will only germinate with light. Sow Drosera Paradoxa seeds on the surface of a Peaty seed sowing mix at about 15°C. Some people have been having great germination of petiolaris hybrids using milled long fibered Sphagnum, still getting germination eight weeks after the first seed germinated, while growing them on a south facing windowsill. Germination can take from 2 weeks to 2 years! Please be patient, you won’t regret it.

Important :

In winter (October-April), the plants must be placed close to a window (l5 to 20 cm) and at the same level. Keep the temperature between 15-20 °C. When the frost ends (May-October), you can leave the plants outside and place them on an east oriented windowsill. In summer, with a temperature from 20 to 30 °C, they can stay anywhere outside.

Petiolaris Complex:

A group of tropical Australian species which live in constantly warm but irregularly wet conditions. This group has developed special strategies to cope with the alternately drier conditions. Many species, for example, have petioles densely covered in trichomes, which maintain a sufficiently humid environment and serve as an increased condensation surface for morning dew.
Scarification / Stratification No

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