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#21 User is offline   Wisteria 

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 10:20 AM

View Postnep, on 03 August 2011 - 10:13 AM, said:

Nice!! But it's dewless.


Humidity too low? Too much to eat?
It isn't dewless (my photography skill isn't great, can't focus properly) but it doesn't have as much dew as those I see in Kevin's sundews.
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Posted 03 August 2011 - 11:00 AM

After a particular leaf has captured a prey & digested that prey, is it functional again?

From my observations, especially for D. intermedia, the leaf will dry up after the prey has been digested. Even though each sundew is so tiny, they do trap 2-5 insects per week per plant. For those that trap more insects than they can handle, I will actually remove the insects. Can it be this overconsumption that causes my sundews to have less dew than the nice specimens I see elsewhere? If this is the case, then I will have to be more diligent in freeing the trapped insects to prevent the leaves from deteriorating rapidly.
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Posted 03 August 2011 - 08:25 PM

View PostWisteria, on 03 August 2011 - 11:00 AM, said:

After a particular leaf has captured a prey & digested that prey, is it functional again?

From my observations, especially for D. intermedia, the leaf will dry up after the prey has been digested. Even though each sundew is so tiny, they do trap 2-5 insects per week per plant. For those that trap more insects than they can handle, I will actually remove the insects. Can it be this overconsumption that causes my sundews to have less dew than the nice specimens I see elsewhere? If this is the case, then I will have to be more diligent in freeing the trapped insects to prevent the leaves from deteriorating rapidly.

Yes after feeding the plant the leaf is still functional. It can digest afew prey before the leaf dies.
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Posted 03 August 2011 - 10:23 PM

Healthy looking sundew there.

Wisteria, normally its low humidity that cause it to have less dew. If it is dewless then something is wrong, Yours are not dewless but just now much dew.

Normally I would prefer not feed because it just make them look ugly. Depending on the size of the prey, part of it would normally stick onto the prey until the leaves is dead and part of it still functional.

Haha Cindy, I'm lazy so I just throw the seeds and let it grow everywhere.
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Posted 03 August 2011 - 11:20 PM

I don't feed them, they trap all sorts of insects on their own. Sometimes the prey is even bigger than the whole sundew. I agree the insects make them look ugly especially with white skeletal remains on different leaves of the same sundew. Some of the leaves actually died after eating their first meal, thus I removed excess prey once in a while.
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 11:53 PM

May I know how big D. tokaiensis can grow? I currently place 1 plant per thumb pot but the largest sundew's diameter is already the diameter of the thumb pot now. If I'm going to repot it, what's the ideal diameter for the next pot I should be using? What's the average lifespan of D. tokaiensis & D. intermedia? Thank you!
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 12:33 PM

Diameter of my D. tokaiensis: 3-5cm
Diameter of my D. intermedia: 4-6cm
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/sundew7.jpg

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 05:07 PM

2 weeks later ...

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/sundew8.jpg
Both pots of D. intermedia will be flowering soon. I placed several leaf cuttings in tap water 2-3 weeks ago. 5 of them have since sprouted micro mini leaves!

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/sundew9.jpg
This D. tokaiensis is 5.5cm wide.
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Posted 12 September 2011 - 01:14 PM

Hi guys, long time never post!

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j412/oscarlim04/IMG_0860copy.jpg

These are my Spatulata from Kelvin. Kelvin gave me the seeds last year and the result~ I made them a mature form. Thanks Kelvin!
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Posted 12 September 2011 - 05:41 PM

firebottle, how big is your largest sundew (diameter in cm)?
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 07:27 PM

View PostWisteria, on 12 September 2011 - 05:41 PM, said:

firebottle, how big is your largest sundew (diameter in cm)?


My spatulata is around 0.8" to 1" in diameter.
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Posted 21 September 2011 - 01:20 PM

The larger D. intermedia is the first one to flower:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/sundew10.jpg
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/sundew11.jpg
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Posted 23 September 2011 - 10:48 AM

24 Aug:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/sundew7.jpg

23 Sep:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/sundew12.jpg
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Posted 28 September 2011 - 03:13 PM

Earlier this month, I tried propagating both types of sundews via leaf cuttings. None of the D. tokaiensis leaf cuttings has sprouted new leaves yet, but I already have new D. intermedia baby plantlets.

This photo shows 8 of them:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/IMG_6447.jpg
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:38 AM

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/sundew13.jpg
D. intermedia

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/sundew14.jpg
D. tokaiensis

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/sundew15.jpg
The flowering D. tokaiensis is 6cm diameter now. I wonder how much bigger it can grow.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 11:17 AM

The sundew on the left is D. tokaiensis. Is the one on the right D. tokaiensis as well or another species?
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/sundew16.jpg

Close up shot of sundew on the right:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/sundew17.jpg

Unlike the other D. tokaiensis plants which expand as they grow, this particular sundew remains compact at 2cm diameter & only grows taller. I sowed a few D. burmannii seeds a few months back, but it doesn't look like D. burmannii. I'm wondering if it's another stray sundew seedling or it just happens to be a D. tokaiensis which somehow can't grow wider. Thanks!
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 11:51 AM

I think the only way to find out is the flower. I have see some compact version of the one u posted. I think maybe it's variation when they 1st made this hybrid but I may be wrong.

I do find some difference in growth rate when I sow the seeds. Some r more red than others too, some remain big and some r small.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 02:20 PM

The sundews I left in the common tray are smaller in overall size due to lack of root space. Of the 20 sundews I potted up individually, only this particular sundew remains compact. I'm not very keen to let the rest flower, maybe for this one just to confirm ID. The 30cm tall flower stalk of the largest D. tokaiensis is already falling sideways.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/IMG_6476.jpg
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 05:49 PM

As each D. intermedia leaf turns brown, I cut it & place it in a cup filled with tap water. Some totally disintegrate after being soaked for 1 month while some successfully sprout new leaves.

Now I have 20 new D. intermedia baby plants propagated via leaf cuttings:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/IMG_6483.jpg
The smallest one in top row, centre is below water level so it can't be clearly seen.
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 10:45 PM

After seeing Piscesilim's pot of mixed sundews in his blog, I'm very inspired to create my own 毛毡苔盆景.

http://cp-territory....wonderland.html
scroll down to the last photo

I will need about 20 sundews of each type - I have 2 trays of baby sundews for this purpose. Maybe I will add in sarracenia seedlings since sarracenia & sundews are both grown using tray watering.

As baby sundews grow extremely slowly, it will probably be Dec by the time they reach a uniform size of 2cm diameter for me to transfer them to the final pot.
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