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    What is the best non-insect food for CPs?

    Hi folks. It's winter and I've run out of fruitfly culture to feed my CPs. It's been a month and a half since I've last fed them. What do you think is the best kind of non-insect food for CPs? So far I've read people using milkpowder, liquid fertiliser, bloodworms, and fish pellets. I have Heliamphora minor, a VFT, Nepenthes ampullaria, Nepenthes bicalcarata, and Drosera capensis.

    Also, how do I feed a VFT in this manner? Is it even possible?

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    See my thread here http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=125692. Pet stores sell freeze dried freshwater shrimp. I have been using this so far and it works great.
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    I regularly foliar and root feed my Heliamphora, Nepenthes and Cephalotus with fertiliser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baylorguy View Post
    See my thread here http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=125692. Pet stores sell freeze dried freshwater shrimp. I have been using this so far and it works great.
    -Phil
    I have freeze-dried bloodworms, does that work too?

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    Yes, but freeze-dried bloodworms seem to work well as CP food, but they are insect larva, so it wouldn't meet the terms of your subject. "...non-insect food for CPs".

    I started feeding many of my CP with freeze-dried bloodworms and freeze-dried tubifex worms (non-insect), both crushed to a powder. Now I use an electric insect zapper during the Summer to collect fresh insects, then I dry them and grind them to a powder in a dedicated electric coffee grinder, then store the powder in recycled plastic medicine bottles to use whenever I need some. I use other plastic medicine bottles, with a few small holes drilled in their lids as applicators to sprinkle the powdered insects onto the CP leaves for feeding.

    For non-insect feeding, I've used Peters 20-20-20 soluble fertilizer, with trace minerals, diluted to a solution of about 14-18 ppm. At this dilution I haven't seen any adverse effects even when used every two or three days. This fertilizer is available at may different stores that carry nursery supplies, here in the USA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    Yes, but freeze-dried bloodworms seem to work well as CP food, but they are insect larva, so it wouldn't meet the terms of your subject. "...non-insect food for CPs".
    Oh, I meant live and adult insects of course. Do you have any VFTs? If so, do you feed them with the powder you've described? I guess I could just try some pulverised bloodworms.

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    I use a mix of half freeze dried blood worms and half Betta fish food pellets, pulverized with a mortar and pestle. I cut the suff with an equal quantity of water and feed it to my plants with a medicine dropper. I picked that method up from CPlantaholic- it leads to less mess on the soil!

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    Emre, word of warning on freeze dried bloodworms. Some people have a severe allergic reaction if the dust is inhaled... that is why I no longer use them. Almost took me out

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