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    I have a bottle of oxygen plus which has an analysis content of: Urea Nitrogen 1%, Phosphoric Acid 3%, Soluble Potash 2%. It claims to release oxygen (0.25%) derived from Urea Hydrogen Peroxide.

    What do you think about its use on CP"s? In particular on Sarrs, Flytraps and Sundews that are kept on the tray method? I was thinking occassional adding to the water in the tray may help provide air to the root area that is pretty compacted down from constantly being in water. So what do you think? Good or bad? Worth a test?
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    Hi Linda,
    I'd avoid using it. It's a weak fertilizer (1:3:2). Carnivorous plants in general are very sensitive to fertilizers and minerals. It doesn't take much to kill them. If you want to add a little oxygen to the soil, shake the water jug real good before you water. This mixes air into the water. You can also water the plants from above occasionally, though you have to be careful of crown rot if you do. I've watered my VFTs from above for years without any problems though.
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    I might try like quarter strength on a plant that I wouldn't mind experimenting with. First sign of stress... flush immediately. (That sounds kinda bad... like doctors advice).
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    whats crown root
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    If the crown (top part where all the growth comes out) stays wet too long, fungus or bacteria will start to grow and rot the crown. You can pretty much kiss the plant good by then since the point where the new growth develops is damaged or killed. May still be able to get new plants from leaf cuttings though.
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    Thanks for your thoughts BCK, that is pretty much what I expected (but you never know unless you ask [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] ). Definately a no go for the plants that are doing well, inspite of me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] .

    Dyflam I may get brave enough to try a very weak amount on a D.Adelea which has lost its dew and just keeps hanging on. Can't figure the thing out, its growing great but dry as a bone. I've tried more humidity, less humidity, more light, less light and am getting no where [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
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    Linda,
    I'm in the same boat with my D. Aldelea. Does anyone know why? Mine flowered, looks like it's making seeds, but the leaves are wilty, brown around the edges and DRY....It's plenty humid, gets about 4-5 hours of sun...What's up?
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    I've noticed the same thing on my adelae, but have many others that have came up off the roots and are healthy, so I'm not doing anything.
    I heard somewhere that D. adelae is more sensitive to fertilizer than most cp's, even very weak fertilizer - I think that was mentioned in the Savage Garden, but I'm not sure.

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