How do I take care of Sundews?

Drosera, commonly known as sundews.

Drosera, commonly called sundews, are one of the largest genus of carnivorous plants and contain almost 200 species. Sundews lure insects onto their leaves, where the bugs are trapped and digested by tiny drops of liquid known as mucilage. Sundews depend on the insects for nutrients not present in the poor soil they grow in.

Most sundews require very high humidity to thrive, but do not appreciate standing water on their leaves. Frequent waterings are a must, but don’t use tap water – these plants cannot handle water with any mineral content. Reverse osmosis or distilled water is best. Sundews are best planted in sphagnum moss, peat moss, or perilite.

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