Plant Care Cape Sundew

Cape Sundew

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Cape Sundew has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Cape Sundew has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet


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: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Cape Sundew may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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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.

Care Summary for Cape Sundew

Cape Sundew

Cape Sundew

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 3ft 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 3
Cape Sundew has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Cape Sundew has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Cape Sundew has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Cape Sundew has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Flareofamethyst avatar
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 2,143 XP
globe Commerce City, Colorado

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
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 307 XP
globe Mableton, Georgia

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 92 Plants
xp 2,879 XP

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

Fast grower Fast grower

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