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Sundew, Drosera capensis

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Drosera capensis is a robust, carnivorous, evergreen perennial which usually grows to a height of 150 mm and naturally occurs in the South Western Cape of South Africa in marshes, beside streams or in generally damp fynbos areas. It bears between 15 and 30 simple, pinkish flowers on a single stem between December till January

Ecology

Hapless insects stick to the glistening, sticky fluid secreted onto the bulbous heads of the stalks on the leaf tentacles. Some say that this sticky fluids is scented to attract prey. However it does contain a weak acid and enzymes which have the ability to digest the softer tissue of prey. When an insect is caught, nearby tentacles are able to move, leaning to envelop it.

Growing Sundews

Drosera capensis is very hardy. Always keep potted plants in a 1-3 cm deep saucer of fresh water, as they must remain moist at all times. If growing indoors then place in a northern or eastern direction so the plant gets maximum sunlight. If growing outdoors then place them in full sun to semi-shade.

Aphids, mealy bug and thrips may attack your plant. If so, treat affected plants with a pesticide (diluted according to package instructions) or remove the pests by hand. Never use a soap-based insecticide.

Botanical name

Drosera capensis

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    Bonsai Tree Sundew, Drosera capensis Review
    04/01/2024

    Excellent, professional and prompt service and advice with a smile

    My sundew, the indigenous Drosera capensis, was well-wrapped and supplied in a sturdy, protective box with the other items that I had ordered. I could easily track the progress of its journey from Somerset West to where it was delivered to me at the expected time by a friendly courier service. Upon receipt of the parcel, I noticed that the plant was in a good, healthy condition and I immediately transplanted it into a bigger pot containing the recommended carnivorous plant mix. It has acclimatised well to its new environment, has caught a number of insects, and is actively forming new leaves at the centre of its rosette. Whenever I had a query, Terry was prompt to respond and provided professional service with a smile. Whenever you are interested in purchasing a carnivorous plant, they have a big variety of species and cultivars. I would highly recommend them. A big thank you to Terry and his team.

    JB
    Johannes B.
    South Africa South Africa
    Bonsai Tree Sundew, Drosera capensis Review
    06/27/2023

    Great Service!

    All the plants I ordered came very quick and healthy! Very good customer service with personal help when it came to individual specimens.

    JD
    Jordan D.
    South Africa South Africa
    Bonsai Tree Sundew, Drosera capensis Review
    01/06/2023

    Very happy!

    We love our sundew - it was packed so well and arrived in perfect condition. It's now thriving next to our window. I'll definitely be purchasing more plants from you :)

    KT
    Kym T.
    South Africa South Africa
    Bonsai Tree Sundew, Drosera capensis Review
    10/30/2022

    GREAT SERVICE & PRODUCTS

    I ordered a Drosera Capensis (RED) and I was a little skeptical ordering plants online but Bonsai took all those worries away. Great plant, came in HEALTHY condition and was packaged really well!

    L
    Leelo
    South Africa South Africa
    Bonsai Tree Sundew, Drosera capensis ReviewBonsai Tree Sundew, Drosera capensis Review
    10/30/2022

    GREAT SERVICE & PRODUCT

    I ordered a Drosera Capensis (RED) and I was a little skeptical ordering plants online but Bonsai took all those worries away. Great plant, came in HEALTHY condition and was packaged really well!

    L
    Leelo
    South Africa South Africa