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Hi i ordered a lance sundew a few days ago it just came today!i was wondering how long dose it take for a sundew to get its dews back?thanks!

Hello Joseph,

It can take a few days to a couple of weeks according to how healthy the plant is and the environment it was in compared to the environment it is in now. If there have not been many major changes in environment it should not take long to recover.

Just keep the plant in moderate light, like partial to indirect sunlight (or at least 6000 lumens of artificial cool white florescent light if indoors), provide it with a humidity level comparable (or higher) to what it had before it was sent to you, keep it at between 60-80 degree temperatures, and make sure it has its pot sitting in a large tray of water up to 1/4 the pot depth. Do not fertilize the plant nor try to feed it. Just give it time to acclimate and recover.  

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Christopher Littrell


I am capable of answering questions about the most common carnivorous plants found in cultivation. I have no personal experience with Byblis, Drosophyllum, Aldrovanda, and Heliamphora. I have not cultivated gemmae forming pygmy sundews nor tuberous sundews. For information regarding those aforementioned species, I would suggest contacting other experts. I can answer questions regarding most species of Nepenthes, tropical and temperate Drosera, Mexican Pinguicula, Sarracenias, and Dionaea. I have some limited experience with growing Utricularia, Cephalotus, and Darlingtonia.


I have grown carnivorous plants off and on for about 27 years. I have made the same mistakes and suffered the same mishaps that many growers make as they attempt to separate the myths from the realities of growing these plants. Currently, I am successfully growing a variety of tropical sundews, a Nepenthes, several Venus Flytraps of varying ages, and Sarracenias. I have been successful in stratifying Sarracenia seeds and providing artificial dormancy requirements for my temperate plants when needed.

I hold a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. Over my lifetime, I have constantly read books involving the growing conditions of carnivorous plants. I hope to incorporate the educational aspects involved in psychology with teaching other people how to cultivate carnivorous plants.

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