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    Quote Originally Posted by dci95 View Post
    Thank you very much Whimgrinder. is the same true about the fertilizer for seeds (that have not sprouted yet)?
    There is absolutely NO REASON to add fertilizer to seeds! In fact, that is a very bad idea. You are likely to start up a mass of algae in the pot that will choke and suffocate the seeds before they get a chance to germinate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whimgrinder View Post
    A well-fed Nepenthes makes hefty pitchers:
    [IMG]https://**************************************/2014/09/img_6425.jpg[/IMG]
    What is that nepenthes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by George_Adams View Post
    What is that nepenthes?
    N. naga
    This is how the pitcher looked a few days after it first opened back in July:
    [IMG]https://**************************************/2014/07/20140726-171446-62086511.jpg[/IMG]
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    Question: how often do you have to repot because you are adding fertilizer to the soil ? And have you ever experimented with a larger dose ? Would you recommend fertilizing , even if the nepenthes are in a highland terrarium ? Sorry, I'm new to fertilizing nepenthes as well.
    Also, regarding your N.Naga: Holy god of nepenthes, that's one of the most beautifully impressive nepenthes I have ever seen !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varnyte View Post
    Question: how often do you have to repot because you are adding fertilizer to the soil ? And have you ever experimented with a larger dose ? Would you recommend fertilizing , even if the nepenthes are in a highland terrarium ? Sorry, I'm new to fertilizing nepenthes as well.
    Also, regarding your N.Naga: Holy god of nepenthes, that's one of the most beautifully impressive nepenthes I have ever seen !
    I have not pushed the dosage of fertilizer, but I have occsionally done an extra feeding between regular applications (which happen every two weeks in the summer growing season). Many people have documented how easy it is to damage Nepenthes by overfertilizing (too rich a supply of nutrient) so I would think its not worth risking it. A plant damaged by overfertilizing can take months or even years to resume normal growth.

    I repot when the plant needs it - my fertilizing regimen doesn't affect the repot schedule. Again, if you use a stronger application rate, you can accelerate the decomposition of non-living organic soil components, so its another good reason not to exceed recommendations.

    Should you fertilize Nepenthes in a terrarium? That depends: do the plants live in their own pots, and how do you deal with the water that drains after a watering? In other words, the water than drains out after a watering shouldn't accumulate in the terrarium because solubles can accumulate and poison the water. Are your plants in their own pots, and do you take them out of the tank to water them, allowing the water to drain OUTSIDE the terrarium? If so, then you can fertilizer normally. If the drainage water stays IN the tank (and especially if the tank is shared with other genera) then you shouldn't fertilize at all, I would think. Nepenthes shouldn't be planted directly in a small space like a terrarium anyway, for the above reasons.
    Last edited by Whimgrinder; 10-02-2014 at 06:36 AM.

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