Re: Drosera occidentalis

Christopher Waldrop (
Fri, 02 Dec 1994 14:47:21 -0600 (CST)

I'm currently growing the hybrid D. nitidula X occidentalis. So far
mine hasn't produced gemmae, but from what I've read it's a natural
part of the plant's winter cycle. I'm not sure about what causes the
formation of gemmae (the 14-hour photoperiod I have mine under may be
hindering the cycle of mine) but according to Slack, Temple, and
Pietrapaolo, they should be removed even if they are not going to be
planted. Otherwise they can smother and kill the parent plant.
As for planting them separately, if I haven't already answered that,
mine arrived (from California Carnivores) in a single pot as a
colony with about an inch of space in between each plant.