I got this as a small dormant root in 2015 and it grew in the winter into a very small plant and went dormant again. Well today I dug it up to see if it had rotted or dessicated and to my surprise it was showing signs of life and looks pretty healthy to me ( not that I know much about the species), thought it might make an interesting thread to follow its growth this season, of course there's still time for me to kill it, but I'm being positive here
I'm not really sure what it can handle, last year I grew it in an unheated room under a flo light with ten hours on. Sorry I can't be of more help, I think people grow them in frost free greenhouses but have trouble flowering them in low winter light
I'll whisper this " its still alive Fred" :-) and looking so far to be growing stronger than last year, which makes sense as the root looked fatter and more substantial, it was more like a thick hair and now looks like a tuberous root to me. Update pic , I have it under a more powerful light this season so fingers crossed next update will be more impressive
Well it tried to flower but for some reason aborted
and is starting to die back as some leaves are yellowing and losing dew
so I'm a little disappointed about the lack of flower and short growing season , but it looked cracking for a short time , the candle that burns twice as bright lasts half as long and all that, I've removed the plant from the water tray to start drying out for dormancy
So it was only growing for 3 months then went dormant again? That does seem like a strangely short amount of time.
I have limited experience with this species myself but I bought a plant in March last year which had already started to form a stem. It grew for about 3 months more and went dormant in June. That pot sat empty until mid-January when two growth points popped up instead of one! They're not as dewy as I'd like but they're growing quickly.
As I understand it the plants can take pretty high temperatures before going dormant, and I wouldn't expect a photoperiod any shorter than 12 hours to trigger it either. I wonder if the particular form you have grows in a more drought-prone region and so has a shorter growing season?
Yeah I thought it was a pretty short growing season, I think I remember reading that it's a smaller form and this year it only got about 5" high but thats twice the size it was last year and I got it as a tiny dormant wispy root the year before that. It had cool temps rarely exceeding 60f and ten hours flo light a day,so hoped it had a good chance of a long season. Oh well a long wait to see if next year's any better, also I can't remember how long it grew for last season
Well I've had to change the title from "d.cistiflora white flower " to "D.cistiflora " as my plant died over the summer , the root looked healthy enough to start with then I checked it a few months ago and it was totally dried up . Any how good news is the seedlings I planted 28/1/17 did survive the summer amazingly as they were tiny , they went dormant and completely disappeared and to my surprise loads came back as it got cooler I also planted the other half of the seeds on the 30/9/17 and have good germination, seeds were kept on Flo light unit to keep warm over summer
My seedlings came back like clockwork, in the same clumped untidy mess they were back in spring. I really should repot them next summer. My larger purple flower cistiflora I repotted both roots into a much larger pot and one of them came up early but absolutely refuses to produce any dew for some reason while the smaller one still hasn't shown up a month later. I'm afraid I may have damaged the root and killed it while repotting, and I really don't know what's wrong with the other one. Maybe they need more than 25% peat since I used my tuberous sundew soil?
My pauciflora came back easily too, though started dying back after a short time, apparently due to bad soil so I had to do an emergency repot and managed to save most of them. Interestingly, I accidentally detached the growth point from one of the roots while repotting, planted them both, and they both appear to be growing normally.