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Drosera binata

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  • Image of Drosera binata
  • Image of Drosera binata
  • Image of Drosera binata
  • Image of Drosera binata
  • Image of Drosera binata
  • Image of Drosera binata
  • Image of Drosera binata
  • Image of Drosera binata

Drosera binata, commonly known as the forked sundew or fork-leaved sundew, grows to a large, perennial sundew native to Australia and New Zealand. The specific epithet is Latin for "having pairs" - a reference to the leaves, which are dichotomously divided or forked. Like all sundews, it is a Carnivorous plant.

The plant for sale is in a 5cm pot. It will be a vigorous grower over Spring/Summer and will slow down and may even go dormant over the Winter months. Don’t despair, trim off dead stems and it will bounce straight back as soon as it warms up again.

Care instructions
Keep the pot sitting in a tray of water (2-3cm deep) in a spot that gets direct sun for most of the day (even when dormant). A nice sunny windowsill is perfect or they do well outside in a sheltered spot.

As with all carnivorous plants they are sensitive to too many minerals or nutrients in the soil so ideally use rain water in the tray (although depending on your area tap water may be fine). When re-potting use a mix of peat moss and pumice or perlite (this mix contains no fertilisers so won’t harm the plant). Trim off dead stems as necessary. Do not fertilise this plant, the bugs it catches will give it everything it needs.

If you don’t let it dry out and give it plenty of sun it should keep producing dew and catch all those pesky flying bugs (fungus gnats, white fly, mosquitos and even the house fly).

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