There are many exotic and very interesting plants. But perhaps one of the most surprising among them is the rosyanka. This carnivorous plant is quite undemanding and can be easily grown at home. Many people must have heard about this very unusual plant but very few have seen it in the wild. It is now possible to grow it in a simple flowerpot in your apartment, and fans of exotic vegetation will be particularly pleased with this plant.
This plant feeds on insects. It has a large number of cilia on the surface of its leaves, on the tips of which are tiny droplets of sticky juice, which are very similar to dew (that's why the plant is so called). The small insects stick to the leaf after touching it. The leaf then curls up. The juice of the sundew contains paralyzing alkaloids and enzymes (they contribute to the softening of chitin, as well as due to them occurs digestion of the insect).
In this unusual way this plant feeds, obtaining the necessary minerals. The dewberry grows slowly and can live for many years (several decades).
This plant can be cultivated in your apartment. Not only can you admire its unusual characteristics but you can also get rid of bothersome insects.
The Drosera is a herbaceous plant which belongs directly to the family Droseraceae.
It is undemanding and can grow under practically all conditions. Thus it can be found on sandy slopes, in marshes and in mountainous areas.
The leaves, arranged in a root rosette of this strange plant, have an oblong or circular shape and may be sessile or petiolate. The cilia can be colored pale green, red or brown-yellow.
The dewdrop flowers have no sticky droplets and are placed on fairly long pedicels.
Therefore, insects are free to pollinate them. In more species, the florets only open when the sun shines and turn to follow it. The diameter of the flower is usually one and a half centimeters, but can reach three or even four centimeters.
The roots of this flower are very weak. Their purpose is to absorb water and keep the plant itself in the ground.
And all the nutrients necessary for growth and development it takes from insects.
Those plants that occur in temperate climates have a pronounced dormant period, which is observed in winter. They hibernate under a blanket of snow. The same species found in the subtropics grow throughout the year. And the Australian dewdrop species have a tuberous thickening under the soil allowing them to survive droughts.
Home care for dewdrop
It is a fairly light loving plant but can easily survive in a shaded area. In more species, the foliage turns green in the shade and a rich yellow-red color in the sun.
How to water and moisture
Make sure the soil is always moist. Australian tuberous species can tolerate a complete drying out of the soil. If there is not enough water the production of droplets at the tips of the cilia will stop and as a consequence the plant cannot get the nutrients it needs because it will not be able to catch insects.
Water your dewberry by periodically submerging it in a bowl of water.
Feeding is not necessary.
No special earth mixture for dewberries is needed. Experienced growers recommend sphagnum moss, sand and perlite.
Transplanting is not necessary.
However, this procedure may be necessary if the substrate has silted up or lost its friability.
There are many self-pollinated dewberry species. Often their florets are self-pollinated at closing time. There are a lot of black tiny seeds that mature. You can buy seeds over the Internet, and it is not too difficult to grow a plant from them.
The seeds are sown into a moist substrate, with the seeds right at the surface (or on it). The container with the seeds should be covered with glass or film. Put it in a well-lit place. Watering is recommended by dipping the container in a basin of water. The first shoots may appear 2-5 weeks after sowing.
You can also propagate the sundew, which grows from the roots. And it is also quite possible to root old leaves of an adult plant.
My Drosera: About plants and care
Drosera species with photos
Drosera rotundifolia (Drosera rotundifolia)
In the Northern Hemisphere in temperate zones. It prefers to grow in swamps. Its rounded, small (1-2 centimeters) leaves are placed on long petioles.
They are very plate-like in form, with a large number of hairs on top.
Spatula (Drosera spatulata)
It is very similar to a flower with a diameter of 4 centimeters. It has green or red spoon-shaped leaves with small cilia. In a sunny spot the leaves are reddish in color, while in a shady spot they are green. The plant is very hardy and easy to care for.
Its florets are colored pink or white.
The Drosera capensis (Drosera capensis)
This is one of the most beautiful species. It has a short stem to which many linear, thin leaves are attached on a narrow petiole. The leaves are colored brown-red or yellow-green, and the cilia are red. When an insect gets on a leaf, it quickly rolls up.
The flowers of this plant are quite beautiful.