Drosera paleacea is a pygmy sundew native to southwestern Australia. It produces scapes of small white flowers. Hot dry summers will cause D. paleacea to go dormant. Active growth resumes in the fall when moisture increases and temperatures return to moderate levels. During this time, D. paleacea produces several modified leaves called gemmae. The gemmae are spring-loaded by small hairs which cause them to burst out of the plant when struck by raindrops. After landing, the gemmae quickly grow into new plants.
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Size and packing method: Because pygmy sundews have fragile roots, plants are shipped in small plugs of soil with biodegradable wrappers. Upon arrival, pot the soil plug including the wrapper to avoid root disturbance. Plants are about 0.25 inches in diameter when shipped.
Mature size: 0.5 inches in diameter
Light: Full sun
Soil: Carnivorous Plant Soil Mix, pure peat or peat-sand mix
Feeding: Feed bugs, dried bloodworms, or fish food every 2-3 weeks
Water: Keep soil wet during active growth and slightly damp during summer dormancy, provide water that is low in salts and minerals such as rain or distilled water
Dormancy period: If kept consistently wet, most pygmy sundews grow well year round and don’t require a dormant period. However, watering less in the summer can help induce dormancy. Shortening the photoperiod in the fall will encourage gemmae production.
Planting and adjustment instructions will be included with your shipment.