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    For my Sarracenia Purpurea "Lowes variety", I am questioning what to feed it as it is in a terrarium. I've heard that milk is an option, but I was going to run it by y'all before I tried it. How much do you suggest if my pitchers are 4 inches? Does it actually work?

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    SF,
    I've had very favorable results with a few drops of milk in a couple of pitchers. I used whole milk, but I've heard other people used different kinds, even someone used some whey (sp?) protein drink thingy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
    Anyway, my experience dictates that a few days after a milk feeding, you'll have an explosion of pitcher developement. I just did it, as a matter of fact, about a two weeks ago... There are 4 newly opened pitchers on my leuco, and three more yet to open. Similar results on my rubra, leuco 'red', and purp. ssp venosa.

    ::edit:: Let me make one point, in hind sight: Make sure you only feed a few drops. Don't go and fill the whole pitcher with milk, you'll be asking for rot and fungus.
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    I feed my plants crickets and other insects that I find around my house. I have never tried the milk option, but feel that insects would be the way to go. A dozen crickets costs about $1.00.
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    Well, milk is pretty much only good for a once-a-month growth supplement. I give my now huuuuuuuuge S. pupurea ssp. venosa one drop of whole milk in just one of it's pitchers once a month. So, pretty much, one is the key word LOL! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] Anyhowees... I've been using 2% milk lately, but that will have no effect THIS month, since everything got dumped from the pitchers when the 5 foot tall, two foot wide greenhouse went ZOOM across the patio and then... nevermind. Soooooooooooo... usually, the result of the milk feeding is a HUUUUUUUUUUGE growth spurt, which is how my huuuuuuuuuuge S. purpurea ssp. venosa got huuuuuuuuuuge.

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    Make sure your plants are'nt lactose and tolerant or else you'll end up with plants with diarhea [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] lol , jk . i tried the milk thing but my mistake was that i filled up up to the brim so i got bad result there , i am going to add a few drops of milk to my sarracenia today to see what will happen .

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    Quote (goldtrap2690 @ July 10 2003,5:57)
    Make sure your plants are'nt lactose and tolerant or else you'll end up with plants with diarhea [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] lol , jk . i tried the milk thing but my mistake was that i filled up up to the brim so i got bad result there , i am going to add a few drops of milk to my sarracenia today to see what will happen .[/QUOTE]
    Issue number one: that's lactose intolerant LOL!

    Issue number two: One! ONE DROP!!! GAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

    P.S. I wouldn't call myself lactose intolerant... although my stomache can't take milk. I can drink milk mixed with anything, I can eat any dairy products. Fine. But milk... I like it a lot... but it makes my stomache feel like it went inside-out... bluuuuhhhhh...
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    SnowyFalcon,
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    Hey, thanks Big Carn Kid, That link helped alot. I'll try it and see how things go.

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