Drosera pulchella ‘pink flower’ and utricularia bisquamata in bloom

My first carnivorous plant flowers of the year! These two plants share a pot, the nursery I ordered the sundews from also included the bladderwort in the pot with them.

Drosera pulchella is a pygmy sundew. Mine are each about the size of a nickel, give or take a little! When the ‘pink flower’ form blooms, the flowers are a beautiful soft pink with a slight metallic sheen. They only stay open less than a day, but are lovely for the short time they are open. Perhaps it’s exactly because their blooms are fleeting that they are so special! Pygmy sundews are difficult to propagate from seed, because the seeds are not only very tiny and sometimes sterile, but also sometimes just do not get made at all, so I do not bother trying to get seed from mine. It is much simpler to propagate them via gemmae, tiny brood bodies that the plant produces along its crown! Mine haven’t produced gemmae yet, but I will certainly be raising some new baby sundews once they do!

Utricularia bisquamata, on the other hand, reproduces easily from seed, so easily in fact that I am not propagating mine because I do not want so many! It is considered a weed in some collections, but I think that it is a great companion plant for pygmy sundews because the flowers are so small and delicate looking that they do not visually overpower the tiny sundews. It also makes a nice grassy “ground cover” in their pot!

Information about how I care for these plants under the cut!

For the majority of the year, I keep these plants outdoors in full sun, but when temperature lows drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, I bring them inside and keep them on my dresser, where they get plenty of light from my four large windows and grow lamp. All year round, they sit in a dish of distilled water which is always at least a couple inches deep. Pygmy sundews may go dormant in hot weather, especially if they dry out, however drosera pulchella does not really need to the way some species do. D. pulchella actually prefers to remain fairly wet all summer. Surprisingly for such a small plant, the root systems run deep so it’s best to use a tall pot for them, but they should not be repotted because it’s easy to damage their delicate roots and kill them. Mine aren’t in as tall a pot as I’d like, when they produce gemmae I will be sowing them in 8-inch pots.

Utricularia bisquamata is a very tough little bladderwort (hence its reputation as weed), I just care for the pygmy sundews and it does fine with their conditions.

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