Carnivorous Plants/Water Tray?

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Hello, my droseras' water trays all look extremly dirty. ie: water is yellowish, dead bugs stuck in the water, etc. So I am asking if I need to clean it or not.

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Hello Eric,

From both an aesthetic and practical point of view, yes, you should periodically clean your water trays. Sphagnum moss will darken the water and insects will occasionally drown in it. The iodine tint in the water will usually be there, but after a few weeks, just empty the tray and wash it with clean water and wipe out the algae and other contaminants.  

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Christopher Littrell

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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.

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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.

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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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