Did I fertalize my Sarracenia and Drosera to death?
2 months ago I got a Drosera Binata, D. Capensis, S. Leucophilla, S.Minor, S. Purpera, and S. Psittcinia from the local botanic gardens.
For 6 weeks everything except the D. Capensis took to my window sill planters (indoors and outdoors) and grew healthily, if a bit slowly. The D. Binata was a champion, great looking, big leaves shining with dew, and then dead insects ;-)
- 8 hours light then 6 hours full sun.
- spagnum and peat 50/50 mix.
- permanently moist soil.
- Sydney water is supposedly soft enough, but I have been filtering it through other potted plants (supposedly this removes the salts).
Then last week the S. Psittcinia died over the course of about 4 days. The S. Purpura is looking very sick. S. Leucophillia and S.Minor have sent up new pitchers, but very small. The Binatas are also looking very ill. But funnily the D. Capensis has come out of a dormancy, and I have found some tiny new sundews seedlings appear.
I now remember that about 3 weeks ago I fertalised my other potted plants. Has this fertaliser got into my 'filtered' water?
Why is the Capensis seemingly quite happy?
NB. It is springtime here in Australia. (Sydney has similar climate to LA).