Drosophyllum 2020 - finally some success

Dean

Sprout
I know that a number of members here have grown Drosophyllum successfully.

I’m not one of them but this year I may be able to join the club.

Started the seeds in April. 4 germinated out of 16 seeds (old stock but kept the seeded pots in case for next year).

Three plants remain. Tallest one is about 12cm tall.

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Dean

Sprout
lol, yes. The photos are in correct orientation on my iPad but are flipped upside down when uploaded. Oh well will try again tomorrow
 
Can anyone share how you water them? I've read some use the water tray method while others top water every 2-3 days. I couldn't find any clear requirements for how and when.
 

Lloyd Gordon

Cactus micrografter newbie.
Staff member
Mine are in a biggish clay pot with a very well draining medium. I top water every night as it's always dry by then. I just try to keep the water off the plants.
 

Dean

Sprout
I also water from the top every 2-3 days depending upon how the dew looks. Similar set-up to Lloyd in terms of large clay pot and fast draining medium. The pebbles (plain brown/tan aquarium stones) for me are both functional and a decorative touch. They are only 2 or 3 layers deep and prevent creating a watering hole in the loose media below (trickle effect). i also water from the side and try not to touch the plants. on average 100-200ml per watering but that is an eyeballed amount from a 4L jug of distilled water.
 

Lloyd Gordon

Cactus micrografter newbie.
Staff member
Watering the same year round. The humidity is much lower in the winter and a bit cooler.
 
I had my plants all year round in big clay pots, always staying in a few centimeters of water.
They flowered several times each year. After each flowering they divided growth points.
The third year they had become big bushes, which I donated to my local botanical garden. I even potted one new without issue.
After a pause of two years I put some of the old seeds on one of my floating islands. This one had next to no substrate and
the first seedlings died after a year. Still some germinated in this year again. So I transplanted the cloth with two seedlings on it onto some centimeter of old substrate mixture.
This time they grew onward and I think they will flower the following year. Some more seedlings appeared too.
Though in the natural habitat they grow on dry ground, long lasting cultivation seems to be easy with water accumulation all the time.
With only watering they tend to die after the first flower.

In my climate they stay spring summer and most of autumn outside. The winter I have them in my studio, mostly frost free. In their natural habitat winter is the only time with relative constant rain.

 
Seeds are many years viable. Kept in the fridge, a cupboard or even in the old earth from a neighbor pot.
They never germinated all at once, sometimes they start in the second year or later.

This way to grow this plant was not my own idea. A friend (which usually does nothing by the book) had to care for them in the first year for some weeks and he kept them sitting with some water in the trivet all the time. They looked formidable so I kept his regime.
Later I learned that many other long term keeper did the same, like Mike Wang (Meizwang) f.e..
 
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