Fat plants

Drosera adelae


Drosera adelae


Drosera adelae, is a carnivorous plant native to a small strip of Australia, a region called "Queensland".
This carnivore has a capture system very similar to that of the African cousin Drosera capensis, in fact, its lance-shaped leaves are covered by small tentacles, endowed with a fair amount of glue at the ends. The unfortunate prey, leaning on it, remains entangled in the lethal liquid and is then digested by particular substances that the plant secretes.
Drosera adelae is a very fragile plant, which requires treatments a little different from the carnivores seen so far.
In nature this pretty plant grows in very humid and shady areas, since its pretty leaves are very sensitive to the sun, and could in the true sense of the word "scottarsi".
It grows quite luxuriantly, and quickly produces lots of small new plants.
For its cultivation, it is necessary to use sphagnum peat and perlite mixed in equal parts, and, abundant in the saucer, the water must be exclusively distilled or rainy. It is very important to avoid exposing this carnivore to the direct rays of the sun, it will be sufficient to place it in a shaded but luminous area. During the spring, D.adelae produces beautiful red flowers with five petals, resembling small stars, but in order to obtain seeds, it is necessary to pollinate the flowers, since the latter, unlike other Drosere, are not self-pollinating.
No fear, however, because the fastest way to reproduce this carnivore is to divide the plant.
In fact D.adelae during growth, produces many new seedlings around the mother plane, which can be separated and repotted. During the winter, the plant must be placed in the house, because its tropical origin would not allow it to survive too cold. Great lover of wet environments, it grows well in greenhouses, or at best in terrariums, where it finds its right climate. It is therefore necessary for the cold period to find it an illuminated, warm and humid arrangement. A home-made solution could be to place the jar next to a well-lit window, with a saucer full of water and all covered with a cellophane, which could allow an indispensable exchange of air to prevent the formation of mold or fungus. For the cultivation it is advised to use plastic jars of large dimensions, because despite its initial appearance, this plant can grow very much and produce dozens and dozens of new plants.
In its natural habitat, this Drosera grows along with its so-called "sisters", which are Drosera prolifera and Drosera schizandra, which are practically impossible to find on the market.
Drosera adelae is therefore a very curious and interesting carnivore, which can give a lot of satisfaction even to the neophyte, the important thing is to always follow the basic rules, namely rainwater, sphagnum peat and light.