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I'm experiencing the same thing with a spatulata and burmannii. I haven't done anything special for them, just tried to be very careful not to knock them around whenever I had to get into the terrarium to water or move things.
I think the spatulata stalk will end up pressing itself against the lid.
Even though you may be giving it what appears to be bright light, it still needs even more. The green, dewless leaves are a testament to that. The "dew" on Drosera leaves is not actually water, but a mix of glycoproteins and polysaccharides that the plant can only produce when it has sufficient light. Floppy stems, like you are seeing in the flower stalks, are also a symptom of inadequate lighting.
Most carnivorous plants grow in very bright to full sunlight. Capturing and digesting prey expends a lot of energy, so they need a high level of light intensity to sustain it. Once you give your plant (much) brighter lighting, you should see it get more dewy, more colorful, and have flower stalks that stand upright.
Also, the vendor you got it from misidentified it. That is definitely not Drosera intermedia. (The common name "spoonleaf sundew" usually refers to D. spatulata; since the latin epithet means "spatula shaped").
Cutting off dead leaves can help control mold, but it's not really necessary in plants with adequate sunlight and ventilation. The same thing goes for cutting off flower stalks; the main reason they tell you to do this is because flowering can draw energy from weak plants and kill them, but a well grown plant can easily sustain flowers, and may do so continuously.
5 hours isn't nearly enough light, especially if it's just sunny spots. To put this in perspective, I have Drosera adelae bright fluorescent lights with supplemental lighting from a bright window for 16 hours a day, and this is a fairly low-light species. Unless you live in a desert or some other area with extremely high temperatures and burning sunlight, the plant will grow much better in full sun outside. If you are worried about it burning, just acclimate it to the outdoors by putting it in a slightly shaded area outside before moving it to full sun. Even if it does burn, the plant will very quickly grow new leaves if it has enough water. Just be sure to take it in when winter comes (if you get freezing temperatures).
Lastly, I've noticed that your plants have some pieces of what appear to be dried mealworms on them. Feeding your plant is not necessary; it simply makes them grow somewhat faster. Your pieces are also too big, and not placed on the "sticky" carnivorous part of the leaf. Again, growing outside helps with this, since the plant will just catch food for itself.
In short, either get very bright artificial lighting, or grow it outside in full sun. Your plant will need a lot more than 5 hours of light to thrive. If you have any other questions, feel free to jump in the chatbox as well. I'm sure there's a lot of people who can help you, and you'll get answers a lot faster!
well its only about 5 hours outside, then it sits inside on a shelf next to a sunny spot patio window wear its pretty hot to the touch, a some times, i leave it outside overnight, the plant , when it ouside it sits on the deck or corner of a flower box where the sun spot is hot to the touch. i do mist or porn water on the sides and top of the plant.
As long as your temperatures aren't something like 95F, I think it's ok for your plant to stay outside. D. spatulata is very adaptable, and doesn't mind warmer temperatures. I have sundews outside that do fine despite 90+ degree temperatures and blazing San Diego sun . The only thing I do is make sure they don't run out of water by keeping them in a tray filled with one or two inches of water.
You don't need to mist or pour water directly on the plant. It is very likely you are harming the plant that way by washing off any mucilage the leaves are making, and by keeping the leaves constantly wet. As long as the soil stays wet it should be fine.
Also try to avoid constantly moving the plant around, just leave it in one spot and let it settle. Moving it around gives it no time to adapt and will stress it in the long run. You'll be surprised how well it grows if you just leave it outside with a saucer of water in a spot that gets lots of sunlight.
I think what w03 is trying to say is ; it doesn't matter how much light you are giving it now, the plant itself is obviously displaying symptoms of inadequate lighting. It might look like the plant is receiving lots of light, but the plant uses a different spectrum of light to photosynthesize.