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Dewey Pine without dew
Dewey Pine without dew  

Dewey Pine with dew
Dewey Pine with dew  
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I've grown this Dewey Pine for about three years now.  It was a single plant that now seems to have split into three different stems, all in the same pot. It flowered about three months ago and I noticed while it was doing that it declined somewhat.  

The flowers are now gone and the plant seems to be doing a lot better.  However there's no dew on the new growth at all.  It doesn't seem to be sick or anything, a lot of new growth appears healthy but I've never seen it like this before?  Before it flowered this plant was a major bug killer as you can see in the other picture.

It's grown in Zone 9, about 10 hours of full sun, in your Dewey Pine mix, terra cotta pot, and distilled watered when the soil is dry (which is nearly every day).  I know not to saturate the soil like other CPs, just enough so the soil is a little wet.

Thanks!

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Hi Heide,

I think in this situation keep the soil a bit wetter.  Sometimes it takes a little messing around with these guys to find the "Goldilocks Zone" for water based on your own situation.  Since it's been hot and sunny, and your plant has more foliage now, it probably just needs a bit more water.  In summer you can leave some water in a tray as long as the plant uses it up in a day or two.  Just don't do this in winter when it's cool.  I've found if a Dewy Pine is growing quickly their water demands are quite high, so you won't get root rot as long as your not treating it like a sundew and leaving it saturated 24-7.  Let me know if that helps.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest
http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com

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