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    Feeding Terrestrial Utricularia

    Dear All,

    I have been looking trough this forum (and others) for a way to feed a terrestrial Utricularia and could find little to no information. Could someone familiar with the topic post your thoughts and/or experience on the matter?

    Thank you!

    Below is my recently acquired U. sandersonii plug potted, I want it to grow big healthy and well fed


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    There should be tiny microorganisms already in the substrate, they're just too small for us to see.

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    I remember reading that one of the experience European Utricularia grower uses a dilute aquatic plant food on some of his.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wire Man View Post
    There should be tiny microorganisms already in the substrate, they're just too small for us to see.
    I used peroxide on the soil as part of the washing procedure... if something survived it will eat utric not the other way around

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    I've got a small bog about 100' away, so I water the plants with that water.

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    Hmm how big are the traps on terrestrial utrics usually?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gill_za View Post
    Hmm how big are the traps on terrestrial utrics usually?
    It depends on the species, some only have bladders (leaves) that are only 1mm, while some of the larger-leaved (leaves as in bladders) Utricularia may have traps that are as large as a centimeter, like those of the section Orchioides.

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    Ok so pond or bog water seems to be two used methods. What about something like beneficial nematodes or some crawling/burrowing insect?
    Last edited by gill_za; 05-30-2011 at 06:00 PM.

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