Carnivorous Plants/Repotting


Drosera scorpiodes
Drosera scorpiodes  

Butterwort & Flytrap
Butterwort & Flytrap  
How do I repot this rangy scorpiodes. Do I plant it up to the 'spoons'?  Also just recently got these butterworts and Venus flytrap from you in May.  Can I repot them now. If not how long should I wait.

Hi Anthea,

When Drosera scorpiodes gets to this point in it's growth, it's best just to collect some gemmae in the fall, sow them and start over.  Pygmy sundews don't transplant particularly well, and they are often reaching the end of their life when they get long and lanky like this.  You can try to repot the whole thing in a larger pot putting the stem deeper.  Just leave the whole root/soil ball intact.  Let us know how it does.  We just haven't had much luck when they get to this stage of their life.

You can repot the other plants.  Just leave the soil intact around the roots of the flytrap and be gentle with the butterwort.  The butterwort needs our course soil mix, or you can mix your own.  It's 1 part peat moss, 2 parts perlite, 1 part clean sand.  The flytrap could be in this mix too, but we usually use the 50/50 standard mix for them.  Also, the butterwort would benefit from having some dolomite lime added to the soil.  Use 1 tablespoon per cup of soil.  Don't do this for the Venus Flytrap!  Also, unless you really want to see a flytrap flower, cut it off.  Cup-trap flytraps are slow growing anyway, and the flower saps quite a bit of energy.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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