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    Question About Fertilization

    Are there any temperate CPs which absolutely should not be fertilized, however lightly? The plan for my in-ground is to have it dominated by Sarrs, and probably a Darlingtonia or two but to also have many associated plants such as Orchids, Meadow Beauty, Milkwort, Pipewort, etc. In addition rather than a covering of live Sphagnum I plan on a heath of Cranberries. I plan on light fertilization with the understanding that the bog is primarily about the Sarrs. I guess I'm really referring rather specifically to Drosera filiformis and similar species, since they're the only other temperate CPs tall enough to stick up above the heath, but I also plan on a recirculating aquatic component that I'd like to keep Utricularia in as well. TIA!

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    D.filiformis doesn't tolerate fertillizer well, neither do any of the other US native sundews. Utrics respond well to low doses, as do many sarrs.
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    I could say that Venus flytraps can be very intolerant of fertilizers, but I only have experience with one occasion. It involved my plants' tray, some Miracle-Gro (albeit very dilute Miracle-Gro), four Venus flytraps, one sundew, and one butterwort. Strangely, only one of my flytraps responded negatively to the fertilizer; all the others got impressive growth spurts. Maybe it's just the genetics of individual plants?

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