Drosera Montana Seeds (South American)

Drosera Montana Seeds (South American)

The bloom is red, long, with small pink flowers on the top. It blooms at late Winter or early Spring.
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Drosera Montana
Drosera montana is a subtropical, small carnivorous plant, about 2 inches, sometimes a little more, from the Brazilian mountains and plateaus, and Venezuela; so it doesn't mind a little frost for a subtropical. The greens leaves have red glandular hairs that make it look like entirely red from a distance. Leaves are slender and tapered. The bloom is red, long, with small pink flowers on the top. It blooms at late Winter or early Spring. The visiting insects are attracted to the leaves by the glistening tips of the hairs. The leaves, curl around any captured prey like a fist. Once caught the insect is digested by the sticky digestive fluid poured out by the plant. This unique way of obtaining nitrogenous food enables these plants to live in soils poor in available nitrogen. Hardiness zone 10, (4øC/40øF) in Winter. Must be grown in the shade, and must be protected from direct sun. Temperatures should be kept below 22øC / 71øF by days, and nights around 10øC /50øF. It apreciates cold nights, but avoid frosts at all costs. This usually corresponds to typical Fall weather in temperate and Mediterranean climates. If your weather gets cool then hot again in the Fall, any young plants will need to be protected from warm temperatures. Drosera Montana does not go dormant in the wild, but sometimes slows down in the Winter. It vegetates on exposed rocks in rivers or other very humid places. It can be planted on rocks covered with blue algae, the rock must be already in a high moisture condition before planting this Drosera. There's no need to fertilize, as the plant relies on insects for food. You can also use a mix of 2 parts peat moss for one part sand. Requires 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. The humidity should be between 60-80%.
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Common name Sundew
Species Drosera montana
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 20øC/68øF.

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 25øC / 76øF works best. Make sure to check the seeds often. If fungus or mold appears treat it with a fungicide.
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