Drosera Burmanii or the Burmese sundew is a small and attractive plant that produces drops of muciliage on tentacles on its leaves. Insects are attracted to this muciliage and stick to it. The plant then digests the insect. Please note that the plants you will get will be small in size, as drosera burmanii don’t live for long after flowering and setting seed (but they flower for a long time). The plants you get will be well established and growing actively, but juvenile.
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Please note: the drosera burmanii is a small plant, about an inch or so across. It is an annual and will decline and die after producing flowers and setting seed. The good news is that it will produce lots of seeds and if you are able to grow it successfully, you will have enough seeds to grow all the plants you want.
Growing and care instructions for drosera Burmanii
If you have never grown carnivorous plants and particularly sundews before, please google them up as well as growing instructions from a variety of sources so that you have a good idea of what to expect.
Growing media for Drosera Burmanii
Peat, cocopeat, live or dead sphagnum moss mixed with sand or perlite. The important thing here is that the growing mix must be nutrient free, hold moisture but drain freely and allow the roots to get air (in other words, no fertlilizer, compost or clay soil – for example). Unless you are used to growing carnivorous plants, it may be useful to research the growing medium and have it ready for when your plants arrive. If you use cocopeat in particular, you should soak and rinse it well in RO water several times to ensure that it doesn’t contain too much salt.
Growing conditions for Drosera Burmanii
Give it as much light as you can. Drosera Burmanii enjoys bright light. A moist but not soggy soil is preferred. Don’t let it go dry at any cost. In dry weather, you may stand pots in a tray of water, though this is not strictly necessary as long as you don’t let them go dry. If you use trays of water, add only half an inch or so of water and let the tray dry out completely before refilling with water. An occasional top watering helps flush any buildup of salts from the soil. A 2-3 inch pot should be fine. It may be worth experimenting with a deeper pot but the plant itself is only about an inch or inch and a half in diameter and several can be grown in a single pot, depending on size of the pot. If growing them indoors, you should grow them near a window getting a lot of light or use artificial lights. This plant will not do well in constant shade. It needs at least several hours of sunlight every day. Unless you want seeds, you should cut off flower scapes to prolong the life of the plant or the plant will literally flower itself to death (though ensuring that it is well fed will keep it alive through flowering as well).
Feeding Drosera Burmanii
Drosera Burmanii need to feed regularly to remain in good condition. Under normal conditions, they are very good at catching prey. However, if you are growing them indoors and there aren’t enough insects for the plant to catch, you should feed it regularly. This cannot be stressed enough. Particularly when the plant starts flowering. Any insects that you catch and will fit on the leaves should be fine. The leaves will soon curl around the food, covering it with muciliage to enable digestion. Drosera Burmanii are able to eat much larger insects than other droseras of similar size. You can also sprinkle crushed fish food on the leaves. Never ever feed a plant that does not have dew on its leaves. If you do so, the plant will not be able to digest the food without the dew, and it will go mouldy and likely create problems for the health of your plant. If you do accidentally feed a plant that doesn’t react to the food within a few hours, use tweezers to pick it off.
After receiving the plant:
- Take it out of its packing immediatelyand plant it. You should keep potting mix ready and waiting for the plant.
- Drosera Burmanii have delicate roots. Handle it very very carefully in order to prevent damage.
- It is better to water the soil into place to remove gaps than press and risk damaging the roots.
- Place the potted plant in a bright and shady place for a few days before increasing its exposure to direct sunlight gradually. A good guide for this is when it starts growing new leaves again.
- If the humidity is very low, you could cover the pot with a plastic bag with some holes for ventilation to provide more humidity around the plant while it recovers. This should not be necessary for more than a few days. Never ever put a covered plant in direct sunlight – it will cook. You will regret. Any covering for increasing humidity must be removed before introducing the plant to direct sunlight.
- It is normal for the leaves of the plant to lose dew in shipping or for them to be stuck to each other because of the muciliage. You can dunk the plant in some pure (RO/distilled) water to rinse off the muciliage if leaves are badly stuck, or you need to gently free the plant from another plant or tissue paper it is stuck to, but it is usually fine to leave it alone in most cases. This plant grows fast and will rapidly recover and grow dewy leaves if you give it good growing conditions.
- DO NOT feed the plant to hasten its growth unless you clearly see drops of muciliate formed on the tentacles of its leaves and there are no insects around the plant for it to trap – IT WILL BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. The drops of muciliage on a drosera burmanii are very obvious and there will be no guesswork involved. It will not be useful to start feeding the plant at the smallest sign of moisture on the tentacles – you will simply add the risk of mold to a stressed plant. If there are insects around, you probably should not feed the plant at all – it will attract and trap them on its own when it is ready.
- If your plant is not dewing up well even after two weeks of arrival, try increasing the light it is receiving. Brighter shade will work, as will an added artificial light (cool only). You could also increase its exposure to direct sunlight if the plant seems to be doing well other than the missing dew. The more light the plant gets, the more dew it produces.
These plants are easy to grow. Most of the time, you won’t need to do more than the first four points mentioned above. The rest is only to give you a larger game plan for “what if” situations.
Please note that due to the specific growing conditions required to grow these plants right, I cannot guarantee the survival of your plant. If you are a new grower, your best friend is information and patience. These plants are very easy to grow.
You may also refer to the product page for Drosera Burmanii seeds for more growing info and insight on these plants.