Re: Premature dormancy?

From: Dave Evans (T442119@RUTADMIN.RUTGERS.EDU)
Date: Thu Aug 19 1999 - 20:28:00 PDT

Date:    Thu, 19 Aug 99 23:28 EDT
From: Dave Evans                           <T442119@RUTADMIN.RUTGERS.EDU>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg2978$foo@default>
Subject: Re: Premature dormancy?

Dear Richard,

> I have several species of temperate Drosera (rotundifolia,
> intermedia, filiformis) growing under lights in terraria (tray
> method). They have finished flowering and now, especially the
> intermedia, seem to be going into dormancy. They have stopped
> growing and the intermedia have formed what appear to be tight
> winter buds. As this is only early August and I have not decreased
> the 16-hour photoperiod, can anyone tell me if this is unusual?

   No, it's not unusual. It's hard to grow temperate Drosera
under lights. Most of the time they have a much shorter season
when grown like this. However, you can let them go dormant now.
Just place them in a cool place with short days (11 hrs.) for
about two months. Raise the temps and the day lenght (13 hrs)
and they should start growing again. Becareful not to over water
them while dormant, the soil should not be as wet, but still
fairly moist.

dave E

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