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Sundew (Drosera), Live

Item #: LM1138

Price: $12.00

Live Sundew Plant (Drosera) for biology and life science contains long thin leaves which terminate in disc-shaped pads. Hairs radiating from the pads secrete a sticky substance that traps insects.

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Maintenance Alert

Maintain carnivorous plants in moderate light at temperatures from 18 to 24 °C. These plants require humid terrarium environments to do well. Keep terraria covered with glass or rigid plastic to maintain humidity-removing the cover once a week for several hours to ventilate. Prepare the growing medium by adding a 1" layer of gravel to the terrarium and then a 2" to 3" layer of acid bog soil (two parts peat to one part garden/potting soil). Complete the medium by spreading a layer of sphagnum moss over the soil. Prepare the plants by rinsing their roots under tap water and then loosely wrapping the roots with sphagnum. Place the plants in the medium at appropriate depths: pitcher plants so the roots can reach the gravel layer, Venus flytraps so roots are just above the gravel layer, sundews so roots are close to the soil surface. Water the medium thoroughly enough so that there is standing water in the gravel layer. Keep the soil moist at all times and mist the plants daily.

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Sundew (Drosera). Long thin leaves which terminate in disc-shaped pads. Hairs radiating from the pads secrete a sticky substance that traps insects. Relatively easily maintained in warm, humid environments. Carnivorous plants are fascinating and beautiful plants that should be present in every classroom. Although primarily photosynthetic, these plants exhibit elaborate adaptations to carnivory that are believed to enable them to thrive in nutrient- and nitrogen-poor soils. Carnivorous plants are shipped bare-root, ready to be transplanted.
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