Currently 1 listed on 10/2/23. There are more Drosera Burmannii on the way. Looking for a Sundew that’s easy to grow? Look no further than Drosera burmannii or the Tropical Sundew which is a very special plant in so many ways! It may be small measuring up to 3 cm across but it makes up for its size by it’s beautiful appearance and ability to catch relatively large insects (see photo). It also manages to catch tiny pests such as aphids that can affect North American pitcher plants. I grow this plant outdoors all year round with my other carnivorous plants and love to see trapped aphids which appear in spring. It’s no wonder why I like to think of this plant as the ultimate organic pest controller in my plant collection! Like all Sundews this plant is characterized by having round, sticky droplets of mucilage on stalks which cover the leaves. The ‘nectar’ covered leaves attract, trap and eventually digest insects.
REPOTTING: When re-potting your Drosera you should use a mixture of 75% Sphagnum peat moss and 25% perlite. Wet this mix thoroughly through first before potting your plant into it. The best time to re-pot is in early spring when the plants are doing most of their growing. Use a pot to suit the size of the plant, giving it enough room to grow for the following year, but not too big that it dwarfs the plant.
WATERING: Do not ever let your Drosera dry out. During Spring, Summer and Autumn sit it in a saucer of water, changing the water frequently. The water should cover the drainage holes of the pot. If your water is good enough to drink straight from the tap, then this is alright to use on your plant. If not you should use either rain, distilled or reverse osmosis water.
In winter do not let the plant dry out but don’t leave it sitting in water all the time.
FERTILIZING: Do not fertilize with flies or insects. We feed with a mixture of Seasol and Powerfeed To one litre of water, put 4 ml of Seasol and 2 ml of Powerfeed. DO NOT use any other fertilisers. We use this mix every 8 weeks from Spring to Autumn either watered onto the growing medium, or poured into the water tray beneath the pot.
LIGHT: Droseras require a high level of light. A window sill inside the house that gets morning sun in summer and afternoon sun in winter is an excellent position. Otherwise you can grow them in a terrarium, greenhouse, glasshouse or porch and some growers grow them outside in the full weather.
HUMIDITY: Drosera’s like humidity. A terrarium or glasshouse will provide this. But a warm sunny window sill will give you enough heat for the plant to survive.
DORMANCY: During winter some Drosera's go into their dormancy period and may stop growing. This is a natural occurrence and the plant must go through this period in order to stay alive and gain strength to grow their spring traps and flowers. Cut off any dead leaves at the base of the plant. In spring the plants will send up their new leaves/pitchers.