meizzwang or other experienced dewy pine people, I'm wondering why mine have slowed their growth so much. They were doing great, but they've seemingly hit a plateau. They were super dewy, but this month that's gone down a lot. They still look very dewy at night, but once they start getting hit by much sun, the dew drops shrink a lot (but are still present). They don't seem to be increasing in size anymore, which has me worried. I've been watering a good amount to keep them from drying out. The past month has mostly been very humid, in the mid 90s in the day, with lows in the mid 70s. I was wondering if it could've been heat, but it hasn't been all that hot here. Any thoughts? Have any other more experienced people had them stall like this? They've been catching plenty of bugs (though they got rinsed yesterday by torrential rain). I'm especially worried about the one in the unglazed terracotta, which has opened plenty of new leaves, but they haven't gotten any longer for like a month.
Post by partisangardener on Jan 21, 2021 14:14:10 GMT -5
Always water in the tray works long term. Otherwise they start to die at least after the first flowering and seed setting.
I would try at least one pot this way. If you have not yet done so, they will be most likely already one year dead. I had mine untill 2018. Gave the big bushes to a Botanical Garden in my hometown. I wanted to hike 2019 along some rivers to get myself feral. After the Corona event I had to stay at home and started again with plants.
I first tried my hand at growing Drosophyllum a year ago and this thread's been majorly helpful. I had three very old seeds in my refrigerator for years waiting for the courage to try it out; I would say the Mediterranean climate here would usually be very good for them, but last year there were several marked heat waves, the last of which finally took out the plant when I forgot to water it! I'd like to try again this year but need to find some new seeds first.
The three seeds were sown without pretreatment on 25 September 2019. Only one germinated and it took a while (6 November); since I had so few seeds I didn't want to take any chances scarifying them, although I'll try it next time just to speed things up. This is 9 days after germination with the first true leaves already dewy.
20 December - something ate the tips off the first leaves.
30 March 2020
20 April 2020 - I moved this from an area covered in concrete to over a grassy spot next to the Sarracenia table and it's finally covered in insects. There really is no substitute for feeding to get these guys going!
20 May 2020 - Hard not to like a plant that's good at catching mosquitoes.
19 June 2020 - So the plant's finally grown into its 3 gallon pot. I mostly watered this thing by weight, drenching when the pot was noticeably lighter. This worked okay, but in retrospect with such a tall pot, it probably would have done just as well in a permanently filled shallow water tray. It's very easy to water inconsistently when the weather is also inconsistent, and by the middle of summer I was probably watering too little considering the dry air and full sun exposure.
9 September 2020 - Heat stress activated a lot of nodes. The plant made a recovery of sorts, but a later third heatwave finally finished it off. By that point, most of the activated nodes were growing 2-inch leaves. I was hoping to post a full journal on here from seed to flowers but this will do for now!
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