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Drosera Capensis

Drops of Drosera Capensis

Drosera Capensis is one of the best known and widespread carnivorous plants also in Europe, despite being native to South Africa: the secret of its success lies in the charm of its leaves and their terminal parts, covered with small red tentacles wrapped in a sticky material looking similar to dew drops. The function of these parts, existing in many species of Droseraceae, are linked to the carnivorous character of the plant: the small tentacles allow the plant to capture insects and wrap them in the leaves, and then digest them quickly. Drosera Capensis can reach 30 cm in height and can also be grown outdoors: in this case, in the winter period it will entirely lose the aerial part, which will grow back later with the arrival of spring. If grown at home, on the contrary,

Cultivation


Like many other carnivorous plants, Drosera needs constant contact with water and requires the arrangement of a saucer with a few fingers of rainwater or distilled water always present, for an adequately moist soil. Drosera Capensis also needs a lot of light, so it is advisable to place it in a well-lit area of ​​the house. The great diffusion of this carnivorous plant is linked not only to its charm, but also to the fact that little care is needed to guarantee the plant a healthy and lasting life: pay attention to soil moisture, sun exposure and quantity of water available daily. If properly kept, Drosera Capensis will give life in spring to many flowers, from which it will be possible to leave for any new sowing.

Reproduction and repotting


Drosera Capensis reproduces by sowing and its diffusion is favored precisely by the fact that this operation is simple and easily successful. Being a self-pollinating plant, to favor reproduction it is sufficient to place the seeds on the soil without covering them, and keep them exposed to light and at a constant temperature maintained around 20 degrees. When the plant has reached such dimensions as to require repotting, to allow it a luxuriant development and to give the roots all the space they need, it is advisable to select the intervention period in such a way as to cause little disturbance to the development of the same. : better to provide in February, to ensure that any damaged roots are replaced quickly during the spring,

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