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Hello i have a d filliformis that is coming out of its first dormancy. I had a question can i feed it before it is fully unfurled or will this harm the plant. I also have a fraser island sundew that i recently receive and have bren growing under artificial light with no problem threw the winter i would like to move it to my sunny west facing wimdow for spring and summer  do these plants grow well in windowsills. I just have one last question regarding gemmae production the plants enter a dormancy during the hot dry summers then fall triggers production due to photoperiod and temperature

Hello Abel,

You do not really need to feed the plant as it will catch its own insects. If you do not see any insects caught on its leaves after a couple of weeks, you can place a mosquito, fly or other small insect on a fully mature leaf. It does not actually harm the plant to place insects on half-opened leaves, but those leaves are simply not quite ready to fully capture insects and may not have enough dew or digestive capacity to kill and deal with the prey item.

Drosera spatulata (Frasier Island) is fine in most sunny windows and florescent lights. They do like a lot of light, so make sure they receive at least 6-8 hours of direct window light a day with plenty of indirect light for several hours beyond that. If you note any burning, you may need to tone down the light and move the plant back from the window a few inches.

Drosera spatulata does not produce gemmae. They flower and produce seeds as well as divide clones off from their root systems.

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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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