Dionaea ‘Dracula’

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February 2020

I divided and repotted all my Draculas. I say all of them, because they are no longer two, but about ten or so. The pot they were in was unnecessarily large and deep, and was still using my old peat-based substrate. They’re now growing in a reasonably sized pot, with milled pine bark and some amount of grit and perlite. Will I finally get my dreamed Dracula forest ?

Dionaea 'Dracula' in February 2020
Digging up the whole root system provides some interesting insights on how a plant has grown over the years. Note how some rhizomes dug deeper than others.
Dionaea 'Dracula' in February 2020
All potted up! Beautiful, isn’t it? Well, actually… not really. We’ll see in a couple of months if it looks as intended, but for now, the plants still have their old leaves and are mostly dormant.

July 2017

I realize that it will take many years for my ‘Dracula’ plants to spread all over the pot and create a little deadly forest like I had imagined it.

Growth is not sluggish, but not particularly vigorous either. For instance, ‘Fused Tooth’ is much worse, while ‘Akai Ryu’ produces basals so aggressively that I don’t recommend installing it close to other, weaker Dionaea.

Dionaea 'Dracula' in July 2017
What a shape! The traps can be very arched on Dionaea ‘Dracula’.

September 2016

Dionaea ‘Dracula’ is arguably one of the best-looking shark-toothed venus flytraps. The plant was selected by Irish grower Trevor Cox and comes from a cross between ‘G14’ and ‘Dentate’, two iconic cultivars with marked characteristics that are beautifully exhibited by ‘Dracula’. I received two young specimens from Trevor himself in September 2015.

Growth started to take off in late spring 2016, eventually forming a small rosette of prostrated leaves. The late summer leaves are much longer, or should I say taller, because they are so upright.

Dionaea 'Dracula' in September 2016
Dionaea ‘Dracula’ with its short spring leaves and erected summer leaves. The trap does not need to be strongly coloured to attract flies.
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