Plant Care Cape Sundew

Cape Sundew

5.0 out of 5 (5 experiences)

Cape Sundew has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Cape Sundew has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

About Cape Sundew

Cape Sundew is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs lots of water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and easy to bloom with a whopping 146 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Cape Sundew likes soil that is well draining.

Cape Sundew belongs to the drosera genus, and is native to South Africa.


Drosera capensis

How to care for Cape Sundew


How often to water your Cape Sundew

Water needs for Cape Sundew
0.5 cups
every 7

Cape Sundew needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Cape Sundew

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Cape Sundew in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cape Sundew: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cape Sundew love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Cape Sundew does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Cape Sundew

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cape Sundew: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cape Sundew after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Cape Sundew can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Cape Sundew

Cape Sundew

Cape Sundew

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Cape Sundew has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Cape Sundew has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Cape Sundew has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Cape Sundew has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Cape Sundew has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Flareofamethyst avatar
leaf-1 78 Plants
xp 2,287 XP
globe Commerce City, CO

Best carnivorous plant for beginners. Good for controling fungus gnats. Needs A LOT of sun to maintain their sticky dew and needs to be sitting constantly in a shallow dish of distilled water. Sensitive to minerals in water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Shoofly avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 786 XP
globe Dallas, GA

Although my dog knocked this one over, broke the pot, walked on it the day after I received it; the plant is looking to make a full recovery after watching it for a week.

Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Nova avatar
leaf-1 79 Plants
xp 2,940 XP

Needs constant moisture, mine sits on Leca to keep the water levels up!

Fast grower Fast grower

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