Drosera capensis
Drosera capensis
Drosera capensis
Drosera capensis

Drosera capensis

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Size 4"

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Drosera capensis, commonly known as the Cape Sundew, is a captivating and relatively easy-to-care-for carnivorous plant, making it a popular choice for enthusiasts. With the right conditions and care, it can thrive and provide a fascinating display of its insect-catching abilities.

  • Scientific Name: Drosera capensis
  • Common Names: Cape Sundew
  • Native Region: Native to the Cape region of South Africa, where it thrives in nutrient-poor, acidic soils and humid conditions.

Light Requirements: Prefers bright, direct sunlight. It can tolerate some partial shade, but sufficient light is essential for producing the sticky, glandular hairs that trap insects. A sunny windowsill or greenhouse is ideal.

Water Requirements: Requires consistently moist to wet soil. Use distilled or rainwater to avoid mineral buildup, as tap water can be harmful. The plant can be kept in a tray of water to maintain constant moisture.

Soil Preference: Prefers acidic, nutrient-poor soil. A mix of 50% sphagnum peat moss and 50% perlite or sand provides the ideal growing medium. Avoid using any fertilizers, as they can damage the plant.

Fertilizing: Do not fertilize. Drosera capensis obtains nutrients from the insects it traps and digests. Adding fertilizer can harm or kill the plant.

Hardiness Zone: Hardy in USDA Zones 9-11. In cooler climates, it should be grown as a houseplant or in a controlled greenhouse environment.

Pet Safety: Non-toxic to cats and dogs. Safe for households with pets.

Additional Care Tips:

Humidity: Prefers high humidity, mimicking its native habitat. Regular misting or using a humidity tray can help maintain the necessary moisture levels.

Temperature: Thrives in temperatures between 70-90°F (21-32°C) but can tolerate slightly cooler conditions. Protect from frost and cold drafts.

Insect Feeding: While the plant captures and digests insects on its own, you can occasionally supplement its diet with small insects if it’s not catching enough naturally. Avoid overfeeding.

Dormancy: Some Cape Sundews may enter a state of semi-dormancy during the winter months. Reduce watering slightly but do not let the soil dry out completely.