First it was the drosera brumanii, then the spatulata. … the binata, capillaris, filiformis, intermedia, tokendensis, indica, pygmy and capensis followed hot on their heels. But something was missing.
The more I saw the plant, the more I wanted it. Was that the paradox, I wondered.
The red rosettes of long thin tentacles and round pads of luscious sticky dew beckoned. I was lured – a willing victim.
When I finally bought one, it was a small specimen.
Happily, a friend who had more than a few and kindly gave me another. This grew quickly superceding the first in size.
And then the same friend taught me how to propagate the plant.
1. Put some sphagnum peat moss in a clear plastic container. Moisten the peat moss.
2. Holding firmly to the paradoxa, pull a leaf or two towards the base, keeping the stipules intact.
3. Lay these flat on the moistened peat moss. Cover the stipule with a bit of moist peat.
4. Close the lid to maintain the humidity.
5. Check after a couple of weeks. There should be tiny paradoxa growing from the ends of the stems.
6. Remove the baby paradoxa if they are about ½ to ¾ cm tall.
7. Transfer the juvenile plants carefully using a pincer.
8. Plant into pots of long fibre spagnum or a mix of peat:sand:perlite (1:1:1) topped with LFS.
9. After a few weeks …
Ta da!! I see the makings of a paradoxa forest – well, ish!