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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-04-2011, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Are my carnivorous plants to tall?

Here are my PCs, are they normally this tall? The pitcher plant is over 40" and the sun dew is over 24". But I really like them.
And how do you clone pitcher plants? I have cloned some other plants including a sun dew using Green light rooting hormone, is it close to that?


The pitcher is 5" at the rim.



The ants came in around the window and jumped right in a 4" pitcher. A moth tried to save them but it didn't work so no more ants, and the plant is happy.
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Wow, those are tall. Have you tried to looking for any info on them to see if they grow that tall normally?

I see you have them inside so it could be that theyre not getting enough light. Ive never seen any pitchers or sundews that have grown that tall but I dont keep any, only VFT's so Im no expert.
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It is a south window and they get a fair amount of light, and I think there healthy.
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yes it is normal for them to get that tall....even taller. there specimens that grow well over 10 ft tall. you can propagate/clone nepenthes via vine cuttings.

http://www.carnivorousplants.org/how...opCuttings.php

and on the sundew---i dont believe that is a sundew. it's just a tall weed. i've never seen a sundew that looked like that before...if you had a closer shot, i could be completely certain, but look for red tentacles, if it doesnt have tentacles, it isnt a sundew.


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Here are some more photos of the sun dew, and my CP came from www.blackjungleterrariumsupply.com.


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@fitbmx: im sorry, but i dont think what you have is a sundew at all...if it is, it's a totally new unheard of species....there are erect growing sundews that can grow to a size as similar as yours but they are tuberous species and annually die off and reduce themselves to tubers during the summer and regrow in the winter. representatives look like this:
http://www.carniflora.cz/files/drosera-menziesii.jpg
http://www.auscps.com/modules/xcgal/...2/photo382.jpg
http://www.cpukforum.co.uk/uploader/...vey_290805.JPG

a close up of a typical tuberous sundew leaf:
http://www.auscps.com/modules/xcgal/...%20peltata.jpg

looking at the site you provided, i dont see ANY sundew in their stock that resembles what you have. and yes, i have grown/am growing every single species that they have in stock, and i can tell you straight up that they do not grow up to look like what you have. what could have happened was that the actual sundew they gave you died, and this plant took its place--- so you thought you had a sundew but in reality dont.


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When I got the plant it was 7 or 8" tall and has never stopped growing.
I wonder, is it a CP or am I growing a tropical week?
It grows great in that bog setup, I even propagated one from a leaf my cat knocked off about a year ago and it now 9 or 10 " tall. When I read this, it sounds like a weed.
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It's a nice plant either way and you apparently like it, so it's up to you whether it's a keeper or a weed, but it sure doesn't look like a sundew. Has it ever produced tentacles on the leaves at all? (Yes, they're really called tentacles.)
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Either they are really big, or very etiolated. Have you tried putting a plant Gro light on them, to see if they stock up? Most carnivorous plants need full sun out of doors to thrive. I know my venus flytrap was happiest with it, with the insides of the pads turning a nice deep red. ^.^

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. ~Doug Larson
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