When I looked at the wide and flat edges of the central xaxim planter of my terrarium that hosts Nepenthes edwardsiana, I wanted better than just plain moss to cover it, as it was bound to happen. I imagined a crown of glistening sundews. Drosera latifolia, a beautiful rosetted species from the highlands of Brazil, is a perfect candidate for this. In May 2022, I purchased a seeds from a private grower and sowed them carefully on the top of the pot. About a month and a half later, the first tiny shimmering leaves appeared.

  • Origin: Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil ; seedgrown
  • Environment: terrarium placed close to a south-facing, blinded window
  • Temperature: from 10°C at night to 25°C during the day in the coldest months ; from 15°C to 32°C in the warmest months
  • Light: two 4000K 12W LED bars with reflector, located 30-40 cm above the plants, alight 12 hours a day ; occasional shaded sunlight in the morning from October to April
  • Soil: vertical panel made of compacted tree fern roots (xaxim)
  • Watering: seepage from the daily mistings of demineralized water

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