Cape Sundew Care Guide 2022

Cape Sundew Care Guide 2022

Tropical Cape Sundews are super easy to grow and are a great choice for beginners, just don't forget about these three things:

  • No added nutrients to soil and water. i.e, no fertilizers or "minerals added for taste"
  • A rest period from Halloween to Valentine's day-a dormancy period where your venus flytrap can rest.
  • Full direct sunlight is key to growing any carnivorous plants, 4-5 hours works best for venus flytraps.

The details:

Many cities have hard tap water, making it unsafe for carnivorous plants as it has added minerals, using reverse osmosis or distilled water is the safest option. However, if you have a TDS meter, you can test your own water and check if it's under 50ppm, it's safe for your plants.

With cape sundews and other tropicals sundews, they don't enjoy dry hot weather combined with burning hot sun. LED grow lights indoors are a great option. Yescom 225 grow lights are a common favorite in the hobby. If you don't have the space or money, placing them in a place where it gets full 2-3 hours of morning sun but shaded from midday to afternoon sun, is great. Afternoon sun, or when it cools down after midday, is also beneficial. 

If you received your plant without soil, or want to repot yours, a soil mix of peat moss, silica sand, and perlite is a good mixture. Carnivorous plants don't appreciate added minerals or fertilizers. If you can't find any silica sand or pool filter sand, organic peat moss and perlite are easy to find and are great alternatives. Sundews also really like Long Fiber Sphagnum moss. 

Pots that are made out of clay or anything other than plastic isn't safe. It can leach salts and minerals into your soil. Plastic pots are your best bet.

If you have any other questions, please contact me at bayareacarnivores@gmail.com!

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