Drosera Capensis (Cape Sundew) in a jar

Sarracenia psittacina

Drosera Capensis (Cape Sundew) in a jar

Sarracenia psittacina
A beautiful carnivorous plant behind glass!
The Cape Sundew has long leaves with translucent sticky drops on top that sparkle in the sunlight. Using its adhesive droplets, this carnivorous plant loves to catch insects from its jar for some extra nutrition, so leave the jar lid open as often as you can. The Cape Sundew is a marsh plant that is easy to care for and prefers a bright spot. As the name suggests, this plant originally comes from the South African marshlands, so make sure the plant's soil always has plenty of water.
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Drosera Capensis (Cape Sundew) in a jar
Drosera Capensis (Cape Sundew) in a jar
Latin name: Sarracenia psittacina
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Green
Preferred location: Half shadow, Shadow
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: Yes
Hardy plants: No
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Growing Height: 10 - 15 cm

What do I need?

  • Coarse peat
  • Ornamental pot with holes in the bottom and a saucer

How do I plant the Cape Sundew?
Would you like to replant the Cape Sundew to a regular pot? Then use coarse peat or a low-nutrient soil mix. Choose a wide, shallow flowerpot with holes in the bottom. Put the soil in the pot and place the plant's root ball at the right height. Fill up with soil and press lightly. Put the pot on a saucer and generously water the carnivorous plant immediately after planting. The saucer can have some water in it all the time. Put the pot in a warm, sunny spot but protect the leaves from intense sunlight.


What do I need?

  • Watering can
  • Rainwater or mineral water as an extra treat for the plant

How do I care for the Cape Sundew?
The Drosera capensis dislikes chalky soil. Using rainwater or mineral water when watering will be an extra treat for the carnivorous plant. Pour water on the soil or into the saucer, not on the plant itself. It is best for the soil to always be humid as the Cape Sundew originally grows in marshy areas. Put a saucer under the pot - it can have some water in it all the time.

Fertiliser is not necessary. In fact, excessive fertiliser is bad for this plant. In winter, it is best to put the Cape Sundew in a cool space and it is fine for the soil to be a bit dryer. The carnivorous plant may shed a few leaves in winter, but the Cape Sundew will shoot again in spring.


The carnivorous plant (Drosera) captures small insects with its leaves. This beautiful Cape Sundew has leaves with translucent sticky drops on them that sparkle like diamonds! These sticky drops enable the plant to catch insects. If an insects lands on one of the sticky drops, escaping is out of the question. The insects are slowly digested by the enzymes contained in the drop. Digestion is an ongoing process that takes about 10 days. The minerals released during this process are absorbed by the Cape Sundew through the leaf, which are mainly nitrogenous proteins.


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