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    I feed the rare sundew species with fish food.
    Use tweezers to make small pieces of that flake stuff.

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    I have had excellent results feeding sundew seedlings freeze dried blood worms (available at pet shops). I spinkle some on a sheet of paper and rub them with my finger until they are a fine powder. I scoop up a little powder on the end of a tweezer and tap it over the seedlings. The results are excellent.

    All plants need sunlight, water and a source of nutrients. Eliminate one factor and the plants aren't going to grow at there best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (CopcarFC @ Oct. 23 2005,2:17)]But if thats the case, why do they start making carnivorus leaves so early in life? I thought plants needed light, water, air, and nutrients to survive,
    Good point and Jan & Brian gave excellent suggestions. I've never attempted to feed seedlings and I haven't noticed any critter activity, either. Still, they've done well without intentional feeding. Perhaps they have caught small critters that I just haven't noticed. I do, however, set up rotting fruit stations to attract fruit flies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Brian_W @ Oct. 23 2005,2:29)]I have had excellent results feeding sundew seedlings freeze dried blood worms (available at pet shops). I spinkle some on a sheet of paper and rub them with my finger until they are a fine powder. I scoop up a little powder on the end of a tweezer and tap it over the seedlings. The results are excellent.

    All plants need sunlight, water and a source of nutrients. Eliminate one factor and the plants aren't going to grow at there best.

    Brian
    I've got a jar of f/d bloodworms that I use for my bigger sundews, I think I will try your method. The only issues now are how am I gonna feed the baby Sarr's and I've got well over 100 baby sundews, I wish there were a quicker, easier way to do this. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_o_32.gif[/img]

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    If you can use fish food or FD bloodworms can ya do the same with FD brime shrimp, Krill or even daphnia? If ya powder it up fine enough for the tiny baby CP's? What would happen if you used a high redning color fish food? Would the color intensify in a VFT or if sprinkled on a dews sticky tenticals? I know i know these are probably stupid questions but hey im curious.. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img] And no im not trying any of these things i mentioned was just wondering thats all...
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    hey i second this topic. this is a good question. seedlings seem to grow pretty fast on their own but i wonder if the adult plants would be different if we would have fed them or not. okay so that last sentence was worded terrible and i hope none of you understand what i said.::

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    Bugs and the others are right that most of the plants will grow well w/o any help. As JanW and Brian_W noted though - they do benefit from some choice tidbits.

    One of my pots of pet-complex actually germinated and I've got some D. derbyensis babies coming along. Based on previous posts by Pingman & others, I ground up some dried bloodworms and gave one of the plants some on one arm/trap. The difference in growth rate was astounding. The arms nearly doubled in size in a week. This type of feeding is a real pain but the results make it worthwhile. This method also has the benefit of precise location control - you can place small amounts of fishfood on a trap and not feed the media and encourage slime like the next method.

    Another type of fertilization id foliar feeding. Spray a dilute (very dilute) fertilizer mix on the leaves, pitchers, etc. I think it was Peter D'Amato who wrote a CPN article on this a few years back. As many who have tried it will testify - one of the beneficiaries of this process is the slimy algae / mold that grow on the surface of the media. Wet media, weak fertilizer and slime takes off. I know a lot of people who have tried this method but not too many who keep it up for long... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]
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    i "feed" my Sarra seedlings a dilute solution of Miracid. I just mist it on the leaves. Seems to really accelerate their growth. I do it about every other week.

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