Drosera capensis (the cape sundew) Is the easiest of all sundews to grow. It originates from the subtropical Cape region of South Africa. There are many forms of Drosera capensis. The primary differences include the width of the leaves the overall size of the plant and the color of the leaves and of the flower. This plant loves to capture any pesky bugs flying around your house. They especially love mosquitos, nats, and fruit flies.
Plant Care Guide for Drosera capensis - 'Cape Sundew':
- Water your Cape Sundew regularly, keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged.
- Use distilled or rainwater, as tap water may contain minerals that can harm the plant.
- Avoid overwatering, as this can cause root rot.
- Place your Cape Sundew in bright, indirect light, avoiding direct sunlight.
- Provide some morning or evening sun, but avoid exposing the plant to strong midday sunlight, as this can scorch the leaves.
- Cape Sundews prefer temperatures between 60-85°F (15-29°C).
- Protect the plant from frost or extreme temperature fluctuations.
- Cape Sundews prefer high humidity levels between 50-70%.
- Increase humidity by using a humidifier or placing the plant in a tray of water.
- Use a well-draining soil mix consisting of equal parts of peat moss and sand.
- Avoid using fertilizers, as the plant obtains its nutrients from the insects it catches.
- Cape Sundews are non-toxic to humans and pets.
By following these care tips, your Drosera capensis - 'Cape Sundew' can thrive and capture insects with its unique and stunning leaves.