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    For a while, I was testing my original H. nutans and H. minor by fertilizing them in the pitchers and in the soil with 2tsp/gallon of Maxsea every two weeks. I have both species in tissue culture and now have a few dozen of each species growing in vivo, so if they died I didn't care.

    They seemed to be fine with 2tsp/gallon of Maxsea every 2 weeks. I've gotten lazy lately and I only fertilize them about once a month now with 1tsp/gallon of Maxsea. But I still occasionally drop Osmocote pellets in the pitchers.

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    why use a fertilizer? a natural food is not suffisant ?

    Heliamphora are protocarnivores, the insects their food, then why have they developed their pitchers?

    For my part I only use insects to feed

    these 2 particularly
    eurydema ornatum

    forficula auriculata


    jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff 2 View Post
    why use a fertilizer? a natural food is not suffisant ?

    Heliamphora are protocarnivores, the insects their food, then why have they developed their pitchers?

    For my part I only use insects to feed

    these 2 particularly
    eurydema ornatum

    forficula auriculata


    jeff
    It's hard to get bugs of appropriate size here this time of year...especially for very small helis.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff 2 View Post
    why use a fertilizer? a natural food is not suffisant ?
    Availability & size (as Exo noted) can both be issues (especially the small pubescent pitchers). In addition, I've had times when the pitchers (Heli, Ceph & Neps) became filled with mold after feeding insects. While there was no apparent downside to the pitchers, aesthetically it was less than wonderful.
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    cut them up into smaller portions. I have dissection scissors just for that.

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    at each stage of the pitcher different prey, for my part for juveniles I simply filled with rain water (in this water there animacules who feed them).

    I give only insects when the plant has adults pitchers

    jeff

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    I'm already seeing faster growth with my helis after using 1/4 tsp of maxsea per gallon poured through the pot and into the pitchers.....it seems to work very well indeed.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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