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    How does SuperThrive work?

    I'm preparing to order a Cephalotus soon, and I read that by using Super-Thrive, it helps the plant over-come transplanting shock.


    So, how exactly do I use it? Do I spray some on the roots or something?
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    Does it work? I've seen no valid experimental evidence suggesting that it does.

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    I didn't think that SUPERthrive did anything of usefulness... however, I could be wrong because I don't use it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermopolis View Post
    Does it work? I've seen no valid experimental evidence suggesting that it does.

    -Hermes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Clue View Post
    I didn't think that SUPERthrive did anything of usefulness... however, I could be wrong because I don't use it.

    The Savage Garden recommends it.
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    I tried it myself for a while and didn't notice any particular improvement. I know Peter D'Amato recommends it; however, Barry Rice thinks its a waste of money. At least, Rice tried in an experiment with a control group.

    I still have some around. Maybe, I'll try a foliar application to a nepenthes that refuses to pitcher and see if there is any improvement.

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    I've used superthrive and it seems to work very well for me. I usually soak my cuttings in it for like 15 to 30 mins and then apply the rooting hormone gel after wards. I also use it as a foliar feed and it seems to help my neps grow faster. I would recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermopolis View Post
    I still have some around. Maybe, I'll try a foliar application to a nepenthes that refuses to pitcher and see if there is any improvement.

    -Hermes.
    I also tried it on neps. it stopped the growth for 2 to 3 weeks and starting to make deform leafs and pitcher. maybe i overdose...

    this is how i use it
    apply superthrive aprox about 8 drops per 16 fl oz of water ( overdose)
    and then spray it on the nepenthes



    never use it again since then

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    Barry Rice has a nice page on it in his faq. However, for reasons unknown to me, his faq is not accessible at the moment. Suffice to say that you will find people who believe it cures cancer and those who think it's a waste of money (& those in between). The only attempt at an actual controlled experiment found no benefit iirc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn View Post
    So, how exactly do I use it? Do I spray some on the roots or something?
    Stand facing the plant and then toss the bottle over your right shoulder. With practice, the bottle should land directly in the trash can. This location has been shown unequivocally to provide the maximum benefit to Cephalotus in the northern hemisphere. The Coriolis effect may require that you utilize your left shoulder if you live below the equator.

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