Drosera tomentosa var. glabrata

When I started thinking about my new terrarium, I envisioned a wall covered with glistening sundews. Starting from seeds was the way to go, so I bought a packet of tropical Drosera seeds from a member of the CPUK forum…

November 2018

The plants that germinated on the tree fern are now almost fully grown. Those that were in the sphagnum moss have been transferred alongside their siblings, with the help of a toothpick.

While the wall is not as densely covered as I imagined it, it’s still satisfying to see what looks like a successful expriment of growing Drosera on such an exotic medium. Yet I suspect that the plants will eventually lack nutrients, so I may try and give them foliar feeding at some point. This should also make them grow larger, and perhaps enable flowering.

Drosera tomentosa var. glabrata growing on tree fern
The smaller specimens are those that germinated on sphagnum moss.

December 2017

Upon reception, I sowed the seeds directly onto the tree fern panel and made sure to keep it moist enough. Because I had no idea how well they would germinate, I also sowed a few on living sphagnum moss. The plantlets would then be transferred to the tree fern panel. Well, at least those I could find.

A month later, they are coming to life…

Drosera tomentosa var. glabrata seedlings
The tiny black seeds are easier to spot than the plantlets.
Drosera tomentosa seedlings on tree fern
Ultimately, the germination rate is quite good on the tree fern. Look for the tiny pinkish things.


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