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    Fertilizing

    Hey,
    I've been wanting to start fertilizing my sarracenias and I was wondering what brand names are the best and at what dosages.
    I've seen Miracid and Miracle Gro Orchid Fertilizer in the local stores, are these any good?

    Responses will be appreciated
    Thanks!

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    im pretty sure you should not use any of these fretilizers on sarrs. something more organic like fish emulsion or maybe just a few bugs in the pitchers is all they need, but i ever fretilize my sarrs they pretty much get all they need form mother nature, too much fertilizer and the wrong kind will burn the to the ground from what ive heard.
    im sure there will be more advise , ill be watching to see what others suggest too.

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    if they are growing outside and have healthy pitchers why would you need to fertilize them?
    It's a tough life being a Sarracenia farmer
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    they are outside, but last year, since i was inexperienced, i didnt provide the right conditions so they got really weak and this spring they didnt put up very good pitchers. so now they are only putting up phyllodes and i would like to give them a boost so they are strong and healthy for next year.

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    The Miracle Gro orchid ferts work well if you use them at a quarter strength. That's what I use and the Sarr seedlings that get foliar sprayed with it seem to love it.

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    Thanks
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    i use osmocote 14-14-14 slow release. just sprinkle a bit of pellets around the plant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millipede View Post
    i use osmocote 14-14-14 slow release. just sprinkle a bit of pellets around the plant
    I have great results with osmocote smart release fertilization but not that ratio of nutrients for 0 to approximately two or three yr olds. See the Brittnacher ICPS article recommendations. Don't over do it. I've posted the reference to the article several times on the forums. Read this in detail. Good article:

    Brittnacher, John (2009) Soil fertilization of Sarracenia seedlings. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 38(2):36-41
    Last edited by DroseraBug; 07-27-2012 at 08:19 PM.
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