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    Quick comparison between fertilized and non-fertilized Sarracenia rubra sbsp. rubra

    So about a year and a half ago I started Some S. rubra sbsp rubra from seed from the ICPS seed bank, and at about 6 months I fertilized 1 of the 2 pots with osmocote 14-14-14 four month Flower and Vegetable plant food. I placed 5 pellets evenly apart in the pot, about a centimeter deep in the soil. These were the results(cat for scale):


    The pot on the left did not receive the fertilizer while the pot on the right did. This is by no means a scientific study as only 2 pots were used, but it clearly shows the difference between fertilized and non-fertilized plants. These plants are right next to each other and everything is the same beside the fertilization.
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    Could a mod please fix the title please, supposed to be comparison

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    Is the pot on the left in the same light conditions? Are they both the same seed batch?

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    All exactly the same, right next to each other, same seed batch, soil, even pot, only difference was fertilization.

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    Hmm, I wonder why fertilization causes a decrease in anthocyanin production...

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    Do you think if my Sarracenias are outside and gets bugs, I'd still benefit from the osmocote?

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    In older plants soil fertilization can occasionally cause rot, I've heard it's best to only do this with seedlings. I doubt if your plants are outside they really need fertilization but it could still help if they are young, but I have no experience there, anybody else know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFLguy View Post
    Hmm, I wonder why fertilization causes a decrease in anthocyanin production...
    I think it may be because it is capable of putting to use all the sunlight it can use, since I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) anthocynin is often produced when a plant has more light than it needs. (trying to remember off the top of my head, could be wrong on this)
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