Friday, January 2, 2015

Drosera binata status

My big old Drosera 'Marston Dragon' is going dormant, or it is dormant, or something.

Dormant Drosera 'Marston Dragon'.
My half-dormant D. 'Marston Dragon', looking a bit ragged.
A lot of the leaves have died back, but it hasn't gone totally bare like I was expecting. It probably needs somewhat lower temperatures to go properly dormant.

My other two Drosera binata clones are looking sort of droopy too, although that's definitely also because they're too far from the lights to be as upright and happy as possible.

Drosera binata.
Droopy D. binata.
Drosera binata.
Another one!
I'm not sure how I feel about having these D. binata clones in my collection. Right now they're taking up a lot of space, and I'm really hesitant to start running more lights. The D. 'Marston Dragon' is really striking when it's in full growth, but it does require me to lift my lights way up. I dunno, it's something I'll be thinking about.

I almost prefer immature plants, like these plants I started from leave cuttings.

Drosera 'Marston Dragon' from leaf cuttings.
Cute little D. 'Marston Dragon' leaf cutting plantlets.
Or this bunch that came from flower stalk cuttings.

Drosera 'Marston Dragon' from flower stalk cuttings.
These are still in active growth, not going dormant at all.
What I really need to do is build some sort of windbreak so I can grow plants outside. Then it would make a lot more sense to have multiples. We'll see if that project actually gets done, hahahah.

As an addendum to this post, check out how good Drosera venusta has been looking lately.

Drosera venusta.
A very lovely-looking plant lately.
The dew is looking as good as it ever has. I've heard some people talking recently about how this is a sort of odd species that will decline for no reason and then bounce back for no reason, even when conditions stay the same. I hope it settles in for me, since it's really pretty.


  1. If you want a shorter binata variety, you might try "T-Form". Not sure how tall it grows for other people, but mine only grows about 4 - 6 inches tall, which is plenty short for keeping under the lights with my other 'dews. (In contrast, the 'Marston Dragon' and other forms grow much taller.

  2. My little binata root cuttings are all dormant. I originally thought they didn't go dormant, so I potted them with my capes and d. spatulata. Woops!