Dewy Pines (Drosophyllum lusitanicum) Growing Tips
Sun: Full sun is best even on the hottest and driest of days.
Water: Use the tray method to water young plants. For the first 6-8 months they should be kept damp at all times. As they approach maturity, they should no longer sit in water for long periods of time. In the spring and summer, large plants should be allowed to dry slightly before you water again. Do not allow them to dry out so much that wilting occurs, but the soil can get surprisingly dry before this happens. Wilting will damage roots and set the plant back. Flowering plants should be kept a bit drier.
Temperature: Dewy Pines are Mediterranean natives. They can be grown easily outdoors year-round in California and the Southwest or anywhere else with hot dry summers and rainy winters. They can take light frost and brief freezes. They should be brought in or protected during long freezes below 25 degrees. Ours plants take night time temps of 25 degrees without damage, as long as it warms back up during the day.
Dormancy: No dormancy
Soil: Unlike most carnivores, Dewy Pines need to be kept a little on the dry side. As such they require a special mix. We use a mix composed of equal parts perlite, pumice, peat moss, coarse vermiculite, and sand.
Plant your dewy pine into a large terracotta clay pot. It should be at least 12" in diameter. We ship our dewy pines in 4" round peat pot nestled into a protective plastic pot. When you receive it, remove all the packing material, including the New Zealand sphagnum moss we use to hold its loose soil in place during shipping. Gently slide the peat pot out of the plastic pot it was shipped in, if it resists, you may cut away the plastic pot with heavy kitchen shears or pruners. Once liberated, you may put a few slits in the sides of the peat pot. This will help the roots find their way out, but is not necessary because the pot will quickly break down once planted. This allows you to transplant your little dewy pine without disturbing their sensitive roots.
Fertilizer/Feeding: MaxSea fertilizer can also be applied, once per month, to the leaves of the plant. Avoid pouring through the soil.