How to Care for Drosera Spatulata

by R. Lynne

Drosera spatulata is a carnivorous plant found throughout Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand and parts of southern Asia, China and Japan. There are alpine, subtropical and temperate varieties. Species range in size from 1 inch to 3 inches wide. Commonly known as rosette sundews, Drosera spatulata is a compact plant with cupped, spoonlike leaves covered with "tentacles" that secrete a sticky digestive enzyme. When an insect lands on a leaf, it becomes stuck and the plant's leaves slowly curl around it, trapping the insect. Ideal for beginners, Drosera spatulata will last for years with the proper care.

Items you will need

  • Sphagum moss
  • 2 5-gallon buckets
  • Purified water
  • Medium-size Sterilite tray
  • Hose
  • 4-inch pot
  • Drosera spatulata seeds
  • Plastic zip bag
  • Fluorescent light
  • Small insects
Step 1

Grow Drosera spatulata in sphagnum moss or a one part peat moss to one part silica sand mixture. Rinse the peat moss and sand before use.

Step 2

Fill a 5-gallon bucket with 2 1/2 gallons of peat moss. Add regular tap water until the bucket is three-fourths full. Using your hand, stir this mixture thoroughly.

Step 3

Remove a handful of the peat moss mixture and squeeze all the water from it. Place this in a second 5-gallon bucket. Repeat this process until all the peat is transferred.

Step 4

Add purified water to the second bucket. Fill it one-half to three-quarters full. Repeat the rinsing process three more times.

Step 5

Fill a medium-size Sterilite tray one-fourth full of sand. Using a hose, soak the sand until it is completely covered. Make sure you don't lose any sand.

Step 6

Empty the water and repeat the rinsing process until the rinse water is clear. This can take 10 to 20 rinses. Rinse the clean sand with purified water to remove impurities.

Step 7

Pack the sphagnum moss down inside a 4 inch or taller pot and sprinkle the Drosera spatulata seeds over the surface. Don't cover the seeds.

Step 8

Place the pot inside a plastic zippered bag and set it under fluorescent lights. Maintain a warm, humid environment. Keep the temperature between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The seeds should germinate within two weeks.

Step 9

Take the plant out of the plastic bag once it has germinated. Keep the media moist. Keep the temperature between 45 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity levels at 50 percent.

Step 10

Feed the plant small insects or dried blood worms once every two weeks for robust growth. Dip the dried blood worms in water before feeding. Place the food on the dewy leaves. Don't feed if the leaves aren't dewy.

Step 11

Set the pot in a sunny window or under fluorescent lights.

Tips & Warnings

  • Drosera spatulata seedlings reach flowering maturity within one year.
  • Drosera spatulata can be propagated from leaf cuttings or root cuttings.
  • Drosera spatulata is susceptible to fungus gnats.