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    Fertilizing seedlings

    I've read that fertilizing cobras will speed their growth. My question is should I do it just after they germinate, or should I wait some time? Also, which fertilizers are best? Finally, is it beneficial to fertilize sarracenia or vft seedlings?
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    I'd advise against using fertilizer, especially on seedlings since they can be very delicate. If you must, just use a very diluted mixture. "Miracid" is mentioned as a good one in Savage Garden but I've lost my trust for anything "Miracle Grow" so I just stay away from that. I wouldn't do it though, I'm done taking chances on my CPs.. but that's just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChronoKiento View Post
    I'd advise against using fertilizer, especially on seedlings since they can be very delicate. If you must, just use a very diluted mixture. "Miracid" is mentioned as a good one in Savage Garden but I've lost my trust for anything "Miracle Grow" so I just stay away from that. I wouldn't do it though, I'm done taking chances on my CPs.. but that's just me.
    Very veeeeerrrryyyy diluted.

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    I don't use any kind of fertilizer either, but the late Rob Gardner found 1 tsp to 1 gal water to be best.
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    Eh, I'd stay away from untested ferts with seedlings. If you burn the roots on a larger plant, that's one thing, but a seedling has much less root mass, so if it looses some it could be a serious problem.
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    go do your homework tref- est. Stop moderating, not failing calc is more important. Or something.

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    I'm not saying anyone should use it, since there are unknown conditions (Pretty sure a well-drained pot to allow the fertilizer to be flushed away)... but Lawrence Mellichamp says 'Through experiments we find that various soil mixes (including peat:sand) may be used with a fertilization rate of 1/4 to 1/2 Tablespoon (per gallon of water) of Peters 15-16-17 fertilizer twice a month give greatly enhanced growth of the seedlings, allowing them to mature to flowering in as few as three years, while in the wild in could take as long as 12 years.'

    Just stating that some fertilization techniques have been tested
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    Great! Thanks for the info. Since someone else has done the legwork giving us some good quantitative information, it may be worth trying something similar on a few plants. If it works out well, then all of 'em!
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