Cute, colourful and a little bit ‘out of this world’; Sundew (Drosera spp.) have a tendency to catch your eye and draw you in for a closer look. If you are an insect… watch out! Those drops of sparkling ‘dew’ are in fact a very sticky glue.

How to grow sundew plant in a pot

  1. Choose a pot up to twice the size of the selected plant. Position in a well-lit area and fill with a low nutrient quality growing media, such as Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix with some sphagnum moss mixed in.
  2. Rinse well several times to flush away any soluble minerals in the mix.
  3. To further assist with soil moisture retention, mix in some Yates Waterwise Water Storage Crystals into the potting mix.
  4. Remove the plant from its container, minimising disturbance to the roots.
  5. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Water in very well, but allow to drain freely.

Growing tips

  • If insects are few and far between, you can try some Yates Thrive Orchid Liquid Plant Food, at half the directed rate, and in a light spray directly onto foliage (avoid applying to growing media). 
  • Sitting pots in a shallow tray of water is an easy way to maintain moisture in the growing media, but this should be refreshed daily. Where possible, regular watering (several times a day as required) of a freely drained pot would instead be ideal.
  • Drainage is more critical when growing indoors, but never let the potting media dry out.
  • You may need to slowly acclimatise your plants to full sun if they were previously grown in low/artificial light conditions.
  • Avoid using water with high levels of dissolved minerals (‘hard water’). Clean rainwater is often ideal, where available or alternatively use deionised water.

More Plants


Hellebores are the moody, gothic jewels of the winter garden. Learn how you can grow them in garden or in pots.


Gardenias have soft scented blooms in white or yellow. Depending on the variety, can be grown as a shrub, standard, hedge or ground cover.


Freesias are a spring flowering bulb that produce scented blooms in a range of vibrant colours including pinks, white, yellow, mauve and red.


Flax (Phormium spp.) are highly versatile plants which can grow well in swampy or dry conditions. Great for large pots or en-masse in garden beds.

Recommended products

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.

Yates Thrive Orchid Liquid Plant Food

Yates Thrive Orchid Liquid Plant Food is a complete fertilizer that provides all types of orchids with the balanced nutrition they need, including potassium to encourage beautiful blooms, plus manganese, iron and copper which are ideal for your pot grown orchids.