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    Fertilizing Cephalotus?

    I was wondering if anyone here has tried fertilizing cephs, specifically with an organic fert. through the soil.

    I'm open to hearing about any other methods people have tried though!

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    I've had mine for a year and it's in a windowsill so it doesn't get very much prey, so, I gave it very diluted orchid fertilizer on the pitchers (not in) in droplets, not a mist, seemed to give it a noticeable boost but nothing to phone home about and inform the media. That's all the fertilizing experience I've done, never tried it in the soil.
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    I was advised by a friend to use diluted orchid fertiliser straight into the root region after the bareroot plant has been potted up. Only with a promise from him that he will send another plant (in case this died) that I went ahead with it.

    Result: No harm done. And the plant, although having lost the older leaves and pitchers to being shipped bareroot, sent out new offshoots in about 2-3 weeks. Not sure if new plants establish themselves so quickly though.
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    In the past, I've sprayed my Cephs with a diluted orchid fertilizer. I didn't conduct any conclusive experiments, but it always seem to help rather than hurt them.

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    In the past I have mixed cow manure in with my peat,sand,perlite mix with pretty good results. The larger 4, to 5 inch plants did well, but the small quarter sized plants died.
    Now I occasionally feed the pitchers with a few drops of diluted orchid fertilizer. That seems to work well. I do it about once a month, sometimes less. I don't want to overdue it.
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    I forgot to add, please flush through thoroughly with water the day after. Not unlike fertilising Neps.
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