Another Carnivorous Plants’ Dormancy is Ending! Lots of new growth!

Spring is officially here within a month, but we’re already feeling it in California! This mild winter has been a double-edged sword for us. The sun is out, the weather is warm, and plants are breaking dormancy early, which we love! But the few rainstorms we’ve had have barely made a dent in our drought. Here’s to more spring rain, hopefully!

In the meantime, I’m happy and excited to see all kinds of new growth in my plants that were dormant! Lots of photos on the horizon, matey! (Why am I continuing with this pirate theme, I don’t know.)

First up, my big mama rhizome of Sarracenia flava “Cuprea”! I doused this poor thing with heavy doses of imadicloprid since mealybugs evidence was found. But it’s sending up a flower stalk and new pitchers like nobody’s business!

Sarracenia flava var. "Cuprea" with flower stalk. Sarracenia flava var. "Cuprea" with flower stalk. Sarracenia flava var. "Cuprea" with flower stalk.

I’m seeing a lot of new Sarracenia pitchers on the plants too young to flower like the one below. These are growing from one of my unknown hybrids from Cook’s Carnivores. 

Sarracenica carnivorous sending up new pitchers.

Pretty much as expected, Drosera capensis has been thriving and growing like crazy all winter. I really like the photo below! The dew spots being out of focus make it look extra sparkly. Click here to see how easy Drosera capensis are to grow!

Cape sundew (Drosera capensis), one of the easiest carnivorous plants to grow!

Although, I don’t recall my Drosera capensis flowering last year, here is the mother plant hanging out with its Mini-Me.

Cape sundew (Drosera capensis), one of the easiest carnivorous plants to grow!

Despite being in the exact same pots and conditions as Drosera capensis, my Drosera binata decided to die back and go dormant this winter. Here are the first leaves starting to uncurl a few days ago.

Drosera binata sundew leaves uncurling from dormancy.

Remember when I potted some Drosera spatulata in a baby doll head planter? Apparently, I also scooped up a dormant Drosera spatulata rhizome, because it now has leaves growing out of the back of its head. I’ve created a monster! 

Drosera binata and drosera spatulata sundews growing in a baby doll head planter.

Here is the first Drosera binata to fully uncurl its leaves.

Sundew Drosera binata. Another easy carnivorous plant for beginners.

My Drosera venusta is showing lots of spunk and upright leaves! This is comforting to me, since I’ve read about D. venusta randomly deciding to thrive or flail in cultivation at its own discretion.

Drosera venusta, one of the most beautiful carnivorous plants with lots of personality!

Drosera nidiformis seemed to grow super slowly at first. But its sent up several new leaves and even a flower stalk! I’ve read they often die after flowering, but I think I’ll let this one be and see how it does.

Drosera nidiformis sundew, sending up a flower stalk. Drosera nidiformis sundew, sending up a flower stalk.

As the weather warms up, I am starting to water my Mexican pinguicula more often. They stay in indirect sunlight, though my Pinguicula esseriana has been developing a red blush to its leaves. After all my repotting is done, it will be time to take some leaf pullings.

Pinguicula esseriana, an easy-growing Mexican butterwort. (carnivorous plant)

And of course, the Venus flytraps are putting out tons of new leaves. I haven’t seen any flower stalks yet though!

Venus flytraps growing new leaves out of dormancy.

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  1. Paige says:

    Lovely photos! I can never get over how much detail and beauty is in plants, especially carnivorous ones. The tiny drops on Drosera remind me of morning dew, so sparkly and magical looking!

    The weather in California has made a lot of my perennial plants start to bloom lately. I find myself having to bring my cacti in and out of my house; warm sunlight during the day, but the nights where I am are still so chilly! Here’s to hoping for more rain and slightly warmer nights soon.

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