Skip to product information
1 of 6

Cape Sundew (Drosera Capensis Red) | 30 seeds | Carnivorous | Same Day Dispatch

Regular price £4.29 GBP
Regular price Sale price £4.29 GBP
Sale Sold out
Tax included.
Please find for sale 30 fresh Red Cape Sundew seeds (Drosera Capensis ) - the perfect first step into the fascinating world of carnivorous plants.In their natural habitats, Sundews grow in boggy, poor quality soil and gain their required nutrients by trapping and eating insects! In fact my Sundews perform a very useful and natural function in my house - with so many plants, fungus gnats can be annoying and my wife does not like unsightly fly paper - I introduced a couple of sundews and problem solved! ALL ORDERS RECEIVED BEFORE 8PM WILL BE DISPATCHED SAME DAYSAVE PACKAGING MATERIALS  - SEE OTHER INTERESTING & UNUSUAL SEEDS & PLANTS IN MY SHOPINSTRUCTIONS - TO SAVE PAPER I NO LONGER SEND OUT WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS TO CUSTOMERS. INSTRUCTIONS ARE BELOW SO PLEASE BOOKMARK THIS PAGE. FEEL FREE TO MESSAGE ME WITH ANY GROWING QUESTIONS.Seed Germination GuideDo not rush! - make sure you have all the necessary requirements to hand.Prepare a 50/50 mix of sphagnum moss and horticultural sand.Was the mix several times with distilled water or rain water NOT tap water to remove bacterial and fungal sporesMove the wet mix to clean containers with drainage holes - they need only be 4 or 5cm deep. Supermarket fruit punnets are idealCarefully drop the seeds one by one into the mix trying to ensure they are not togetherDo not cover the seeds, but mist the mix with water (distilled or rainwater) - this settles the seeds into cervices etc in the mix.Cover the container with a clear bag or clingfilm with a few air holes Place the container inside a larger watertight tray and add distilled water or rainwater so that it is about 2cm deep. Top this reservoir up as required.Ideal temperature needed for germination is about 20-25°C degrees. Place in a bright place but out of ANY direct sunlight - a north facing window sill is ideal or UV lights if you have them Germination usually takes 3-6 weeks Ventilate the mix for a few minutes every day.When the seedlings reach about 2cm they can be re-potted into individual containersOlly's General Guide to Seed Sowing!I love sowing seeds and it runs in the family - dad, granddad and finally my great-granddad for whom the hobby helped him get over his experiences in the Great War. I still get a big kick when I see the first seedling poking through from a new plant that I have never sown before or been successful at. However, even the most experienced gardeners draw "blanks" from time to time. Whilst I sow all the seeds that I sell so I know that they are viable, some are trickier than others and problems can arise so here are some tips to make "blanks" few and far between:1) Don’t Rush! Tempting though it is when that packet arrives in the post to simply bung the seeds in some compost!2) Google and YouTube are your friends! Take some time so see the methods other people use to germinate the seed. 3) Think Nature! What conditions do seeds face? For example a seed from a tropical plant will fall to the warm, wet and dark jungle floor. A seed from the mountains of Europe will fall to the floor in Autumn, then have to endure months of freezing temperatures before germinating in the spring. So as growers, what we are trying to do is to simulate the conditions that the seeds will naturally experience and there are plenty of tricks that can be done to short cut the processes somewhat.4) Good compost pays dividends. The best investment you can make is to purchase three bags - one of potting compost, one of vermiculite and one of horticultural sand. With these three bags I can make up whatever soil type a particular seed likes (although for most seeds I find a 50/50 mix of compost and vermiculite works just fine) 5) Rot is your enemy. The single biggest danger to seed germination is rot - either before or after "damping off" the seeds germinate. To reduce the risk, ensure you have good free draining soil mix and that it is moist but not wet. Unless the seed variety absolutely requires it I prefer NOT to cover my seeds trays with plastic bags, Whilst germination is often faster this way, it greatly increases the risk of rot. I prefer to place my seed trans inside a watertight plastic tray and water from the bottom - airflow over the surface reduces the risk.Overseas OrdersBuyers please note that they are responsible for any local customs duties or other taxes in their local country and should also ensure compliance with an biosecurity regulations.Any problems? Don't rush to review - message us first and we will get it sorted quickly!


Shipping & Returns


Care Instructions

Image with text

Pair text with an image to focus on your chosen product, collection, or blog post. Add details on availability, style, or even provide a review.

  • Free Shipping

    Pair text with an image to focus on your chosen product, collection, or blog post. Add details on availability, style, or even provide a review.

  • Hassle-Free Exchanges

    Pair text with an image to focus on your chosen product, collection, or blog post. Add details on availability, style, or even provide a review.