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    I water them with diluted orchid fertiliser, if you consider that feeding too.
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    Cindy, do you ever experience mold growth and/or unwanted moss growth when you fertilize the media?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip_Side_the_Pint View Post
    did you rehydrate or place them directly as a dried suppliment?

    I place them in dry and they quickly re-hydrate in the pitcher solution.

    Ya know, JLAP uses a diluted fish emulsion in the pitchers of his Neps; I wonder if he does this for his Cephs as well? Seems like it would work...
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    I feed mine Betta food, it works pretty well, I use it on my Neps too.

    Usually a week or two after feeding (I feed them once every 2-3 weeks) there's a noticeable explosion of growth
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fryster View Post
    Do you ever experience mold growth and/or unwanted moss growth when you fertilize the media?
    I found over the years that excess spray from foliar fertilization can & does cause slime growth on the surface of the media if it gets wet. I really hate the stuff so I've mostly stopped this type of feeding.

    As for feeding / supplementing the pitchers - many will tell you it is not necessary - which is true. However, sticking small bugs in the traps does act as a fertilizer and speeds up growth. If the bug is large relative to pitcher size, it can sometimes cause the pitcher to rot & die (pitcher not plant). Ants rarely, if ever, cause this to happen. The trick seems to be in sizing the bug to the pitcher & also not feeding so frequently that the pitcher gets overloaded. (For me - flies usually overloaded my pitchers & caused them to rot).

    FWIW, in the winter, I used to place pulverized bloodworms in the pitchers of small cephs in a terrarium. Almost 100% of the pitchers developed severe mold followed by death of the pitcher. Not sure if this was due to conditions in the terrarium, winter seasonality, issues w/ pulverized bloodworms or something else. Since I stopped doing it, I'm unlikely to find the cause ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fryster View Post
    Cindy, do you ever experience mold growth and/or unwanted moss growth when you fertilize the media?
    Fryster, nope. Mold is never a problem for me. And the moss growth in certain pots is deliberate i.e. I planted them on the slope of the mound to prevent media loss. The moss used is short and compact so even with fertilising, they don't interfere with the plant's growth. But I do flush out the excess minerals every 1-2 days with top watering.
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    I have fed mine with crickets and have noticed a dramatic increase in growth rate.

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