Sundew Spathulata Plant Care

Sundews (Drosera species) are captivating carnivorous plants known for their intricate and delicate appearance. These remarkable plants are found in various habitats globally, showcasing adaptability to environments with nutrient-poor soils. Sundews derive their name from the glistening droplets at the tips of their specialized tentacle-like structures, creating the illusion of dew-covered leaves. These droplets are actually a sticky mucilage that serves as a clever trap for unsuspecting insects. As insects land on the leaves and become ensnared in the sticky substance.  Some species of Drosera respond by curling its tentacles and securing its prey. Most however, move slowly and the curling of the tenacles aids in the digestion of their prey.  The plant then releases digestive enzymes to break down the captured insects, absorbing vital nutrients. Sundews exhibit a diverse range of species, each with its unique characteristics, making them a captivating subject for both botanical enthusiasts and those with an appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.



  1. Origin:

    • Sundews, belonging to the Drosera genus, are found in a diverse range of habitats globally, including bogs, wetlands, and even subtropical regions.
  2. Sunlight Requirements:

    • Sundews thrive in bright, indirect and direct sunlight. Provide them with at least 6 to 8 hours of bright light per day. If growing indoors, place them near a south-facing window.
  3. Watering:

    • Keep the soil consistently moist. Use distilled water, rainwater, or purified water to prevent the accumulation of minerals. Water the plant from below to avoid disturbing the sticky tentacles on the leaves.
  4. Soil:

    • Use a well-draining, acidic soil mix. A common mix includes sphagnum moss and perlite. Sphagnum peatmoss and sand, pumice or perlite also works well.  Avoid regular potting soil, as sundews, like other carnivorous plants, prefer nutrient-poor conditions.
  5. Fertilizing:

    • Sundews obtain nutrients through their sticky tentacles, so they don't require additional fertilization. Feeding them insects provides the necessary nutrients for their growth.
  6. Propagation:

    • Sundews can be propagated through seeds or by dividing mature plants. For division, carefully separate the plant into sections, ensuring each section has roots and leaves.
  7. Temperature and Humidity:

    • Preferred temperature range is  60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C) during the day and a slightly cooler temperature at night.  Drosera spathulata tolerates temperatures above freezing to about 110°.  Sundews appreciate high humidity levels, so consider placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier.
  8. FAQ:

    • Q: Can I use tap water for watering my sundew?

      • A: It's best to use distilled water, rainwater, or purified water to prevent mineral build-up, which can harm the plant.
    • Q: How often should I feed my sundew?

      • A: Sundews can capture insects on their own, but if you're growing them indoors, you can supplement their diet by placing small insects on their sticky tentacles.  They are also capable of digesting tofu on there tenacles!
    • Q: Is it necessary to provide high humidity for sundews?

      • A: While sundews can adapt to average indoor humidity levels, they do appreciate higher humidity. Increase humidity by placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier.