Care of a Pygmy Sundew

Overview

The carnivorous pygmy sundew plant (Drosera spp.) sports foliage that is almost microscopic and difficult for the human eye to see. The leaves produce a gel-like substance that works to trap the plant's prey in its sticky snare. The substance often gives the plant a glistening wet appearance that resembles morning dew. The plant's flowers are huge, as large as the dainty plant itself. They appear in yellow, white, orange, pink and red. Currently, about 130 species of sundew plants are recognized. Not readily available at nurseries, the plant often proves difficult to obtain. Once established, they require very little care.

Step 1

Plant the pygmy sundew plant in 6-inch-deep by 4-inch-wide pots placed within a terrarium. The pots should allow free draining of the water through holes located in the bottom. Fill the pots with 50 percent sand mixed with 50 percent peat moss. Once established, the sundew pygmy is virtually impossible to transplant.

Step 2

Place seven to 10 of the tiny plants' gemmae on the surface in one pot. Gemmae are the tiny disc like plants that the adults produce off their crowns for reproduction in place of seeds. Place the tiny gemmae so the crown is located on the soil surface and not below. Locate the plants' pots and terrarium in full sunlight.

Step 3

Water the tiny plants using an eye dropper filled with water. Gently squeeze the eye dropper to allow drops of water to fall around the plants' root systems. Avoid dropping water onto the plants' tiny foliage. Keep the soil around the plants constantly moist. They should never be allowed to dry out. Placing the pots in a tray filled with 1 inch of water and pebbles will help keep the plants moist and raise the humidity level.

Step 4

Maintain a temperature of 40 to 98 degrees F. Humidity can be maintained around the plants utilizing a room humidifier if the plants are grown indoors.

Step 5

Feed the tiny plants ants or fruit flies. They normally have no trouble catching prey if placed outside. Pygmy sundew plants grow best when placed outside in full sunlight if the temperature does not dip below 40 degrees.

Things You'll Need

  • 6-inch by 4-inch pots
  • Terrarium
  • Saucer
  • Pebbles
  • Humidifier
  • Eye dropper
  • Sand
  • Peat moss

References

  • Dorsera Gemmae: Care Guide
  • Carnivorous Plants: About the Carnivorous Sundew
  • The International Carnivorous Plant Society: Pygmy Drosera

Who Can Help

  • Little Shop Of Horrors: The World of Carnivorous Plants: Sundew
  • Pitcher Plant: Caring for Pygmy Sundews
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About this Author

Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer with a diverse background. She has worked as a Web writer for the past four years. She writes extensively for Associated Content where she is both a featured home improvement contributor (with special emphasis on gardening) and a parenting contributor. She also writes for Helium. She has worked professionally in the animal care and gardening fields.