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My plant is almost dead

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Question: my plant is almost dead

What do you do when drosera capensis is dry?

My plant is almost dead: Answer: my plant is almost dead

Dear Beatrice,
the drosera capensis is an original carnivorous plant, as the name of the species suggests, of the area close to Cape Town, in South Africa; these plants in adverse conditions behave like annual plants, and therefore die in the winter cold, or in the presence of excessive drought; if they are well cultivated, they can develop for years, giving us also a splendid flowering.
Therefore, it is simply to understand why the leaves of your sundew have dried up; therefore, I will briefly indicate the characteristics and the crop needs of your plant, so that you can understand if and where you did wrong and here act accordingly.
The sundew, like most carnivorous plants, naturally develops in marshy areas, characterized by a constant and continuous humidity; therefore they are usually kept in fairly deep containers, placed in a saucer, in which water is always kept, so that the soil is quite cool and moist throughout the year.
These plants show a very strong aversion to any type of salt present in the soil, whether it is limestone (due to the water of the watering) or nitrogen (due to fertilizing), for this reason it is avoided in all ways to supply tap water, watering plants with demineralized water, and no fertilizer is used. Carnivorous plants do not need fertilizer of any kind, as they get the mineral salts they need by digesting the small prey they catch.
The soil in which they are grown is made up of peat, mixed with a little perlite or pumice stone, so that the roots can breathe even if placed almost perpetually in the water; when we repot our carnivores, we must in any case avoid placing them in a universal soil, of the type found in nurseries, or even in soil for acidophilic plants, because these soils are prepared by mixing the compound of fertilizers, which quickly kill any kind of carnivorous plant.
So let's go to the nursery and ask for peat, pure peat, without fertilizer.
The sundews are grown outdoors in a sunny area, possibly sheltered from the wind and excessive cold.
The fundamental problem to be faced consists in keeping the soil moist and fresh, despite the sun; considers that in Italy most carnivorous plants develop in the wild around alpine marshes, where in winter the climate is very harsh, despite the hours of flat and blinding sun.


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