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Drosera dichotoma, Giant Staghorn
Drosera dichotoma

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Price: $19.95
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Stock Status: In Stock
Item Number:: 23262

General Description
The giant staghorn, Drosera dichotoma, has 12-inch long slender leaves that branches into as many as 4 points per leaf. (Juvenile leaves have only 2 points per leaf.) As you look closely, you will find sticky droplets all along the leaves. These droplets both attract and capture insects! An adult plant can easily capture insects as large as a housefly.

This species is native to regions that are equivalent to USDA zone 8 and will die back when exposed to frost. At our nursery, we've grown some of our mother plants outdoors. Over the years, they've tolerated temperatures down to 9°F (-13°C) with very little winter protection. In spring, these tough plants always came back with tremendous vigor.

One adventurous grower in Toronto (zone 4) planted a giant staghorn in his bog garden and grew it alongside Sarracenia pitcher plants. He reported that the sundew came back each year, just like the Sarracenia.

This is one of the few carnivorous plants that you can treat either as a cold hardy perennial or as a tropical houseplant. It will grow throughout the year if you keep the growing conditions constantly warm and bright. However, you'll need to use very bright fluorescent lights during the winter months. Thus far, we haven't found any adverse effects from growing this plant throughout the year. For this reason, we classify this plant as a tropical plant.

In short, grow it either as:

1) a cold hardy perennial alongside Sarracenia and Venus flytraps OR
2) a tropical plant in a bright sunny window with lots of direct sunlight. (Don't underestimate how much light this plant needs!)

Plants You Receive
Your plant will be shipped potted in a 4-inch pot. All plants were propagated on-site from proven mother plants in our collection. The last photo is representative of plants for sale.

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Type of Plant
Tropical plant for indoor growing.

Size of Adult Plants
12 inches tall.

Partial to full sun. A south window with several hours of direct sunlight is ideal. Otherwise, grow outdoors in full sun.

Use mineral-free water or water low in minerals (less than 50 parts per million). Keep the soil wet by setting the plant in a dish of standing water.

Use 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite (or washed river sand). Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.

Cold Tolerance
Tolerant of very cool temperatures. If grown outdoors, plant will die back and reemerge in spring. In zones 6 or colder, mulch your plant.

Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 16 Write a review »

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Excellent! August 19, 2018
Reviewer: Reuben Rosenberg from Harrisburg, PA United States  
My Drosera dichotoma arrived very promptly and in very good condition. Instructions for care were straight-forward, and the plant has been doing wonderfully ever since! Very satisfied!

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Survived and Growing Tremendously June 20, 2018
Reviewer: Corey Tran from Houston Tx  
I got to hand it to this small business. I never would have expected my plant to be shipped over in such a long distance and be able to survive. There are so many sellers on amazon that vend the same product but the reviews and quality of it is to an extent... Terrible. If I had a friend who is into having a carnivorous plant. I'd recommend this place to him/her. So far my Drosera Dichotoma is growing. I looked up online and read the brochure that was included in the package. It is really easy to take care and well the plant. I am at a moment of awe because of the BEST quality product I have ever bought. This has gotten me addicted and happy to invest something that I can enjoy and love. If I had chance to buy another plant. I'd take it. I cannot recommend Sarracenia NorthWest enough. I look forward to doing business again.

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Giant Staghorn Sundew July 1, 2015
Reviewer: Dave Chapman from Okemos, MI United States  
Healthy and growing quickly.
But would like to know if affected by high summer temperatures in a greenhouse, since this is a mountain species.

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Love the plant. June 21, 2015
Reviewer: Jeff Gaffney from St Petersburg, FL United States  
So at first I had it inside but my cats were trying to eat it so I moved it outside. It literally took off running as soon as I put it out here. So many new sprouts it's crazy. It's a really cool plant and I'm glad I got it. Was worried it wouldn't work in the Florida summer heat but it has done nothing but thrive.

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D. Dichotoma June 7, 2015
Reviewer: Danette from Evansville, IN United States  
I received a clump of 6 plants. They were small just as it was described, but it grows fast. It has been growing here for about a month and the new leaves are 3 to 4 times the size of the originals already. I can't wait to see how much more it grows over summer

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