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Thread: Feed your sundews- incredibly fast growth and flowers (DUW)

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    Thanks for the comments everyone

    Quote Originally Posted by maneatingmoo View Post
    Awesome! I should start feeding my plants more often. I gave my D. adelae an ant and it burned the leaf where I put it.
    Yeah, for some plants you have to feed them extremely small samples of food to avoid burning the leaves. Once they get bigger, they can typically eat much larger portions of food with no burn.

    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    I've been telling you people to feed your plants for the longest time. The same is true for Dionaea and Pinguicula. They grow faster, flower sooner and more often when feed.
    Lol, NaN. I don't know how I missed that when I first started growing. It's painfully boring at times growing sundews from seed without feeding them. I did hear you mention about feeding seedlings a while back, and boy does that make a difference.

    Quote Originally Posted by frenchy87128 View Post
    Nice plants! What exactly do you feed them?
    I use Beta Fish food pellets. The ingredients sound like health food, but they work extremely well. Not only are they cheap, but you can buy pellets that are small enough that you don't have to crush them up at all. They also give you a ton in a bottle, so it lasts a really long time.
    Seems like everyone recommends using dried bloodworms from pet shops, but I think this works just fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crissytal View Post
    Very nice CPlantaholic!! You have some very beautiful plants. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. I'm hoping a consistent feeding schedule will help get my D. regia growing. I'm jealous of yours . I'm also hoping to get some first blooms on some dews I've had for awhile.

    Are the dews able to completely digest the betta pellets within a two week period?
    Crystal
    Thank you for the compliments. Yeah, you should have blooms on your Admirabilis in no time.
    The regia has put out 3 leaves since that picture I took 2 weeks ago. The first one (right after feeding) was 6 inches long. The next 2 were only 4.5 inches tall. It really seems to get a boost right after feeding.

    The plants actually digest the pellets in a little more than a week. Then they throw out new leaves and I wait a little while to let them color-up. I need some T-5s to keep up with the growth! :P I may have to increase the photoperiod. My lights are on 16 hours a day already, though.
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    Looking good! I use the freezedried bloodworms since I can break them up to tiny specks if needed, or apply one or more larger pieces where applicable. It's amazing how fast they sense them on the tentacles and respond.

    On your lights, if you are thinking of increasing photoperiod to make up for less than ideal intensity.. it doesn't work like that. What kind of lights are you using now? The color looks pretty good on your plants.
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    You've got a good point.

    What do you feed them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Paroubek View Post
    On your lights, if you are thinking of increasing photoperiod to make up for less than ideal intensity.. it doesn't work like that. What kind of lights are you using now? The color looks pretty good on your plants.
    Oh, well in that case, I'll leave it at 16 hours, lol Yeah, the coloration eventually develops, but I wait for the plant to color up like that before I feed it again. Otherwise they get extremely green due to the rapid growth from feeding.Would it be bad for my plants if I increased the photoperiod? What exactly is the process that goes on there? I use T-8s I'm pretty impressed with them so far.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jefforever View Post
    You've got a good point.
    What do you feed them?

    I feed them Beta Fish Food pellets. They're cheap, effective, and come with about one million pellets per bottle. I don't think I'll need to buy more for a few years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Paroubek View Post
    On your lights, if you are thinking of increasing photoperiod to make up for less than ideal intensity.. it doesn't work like that.
    A quick & easy way to increase intensity is to move the plant closer to the light source. Yes - this is rather a "Duh" observation since everyone knows it & it's just logical. However, while most people understand the concept, they don't necessarily realize that light intensity varies exponentially with distance. Specifically, intensity varies as 1/(r)(r) (aka: one over r squared) where distance = r. This means that a relatively small change in distance (r) produces a significant change in intensity.

    As a quick example - if you cut the distance in half, light intensity doesn't just double, it goes up by a factor of 4. If you cut the distance by 50% again, the new intensity is 16 times the original intensity.

    Obviously, as you place plants closer to your lights, heat becomes more of an issue. However, this is also true if you purchase a new, stronger light fixture ....
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    I like the documentation of before and after. I noticed a huge explosion in growth in both my dews and pings when I started feeding them freeze dried bloodworms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baylorguy View Post
    I like the documentation of before and after. I noticed a huge explosion in growth in both my dews and pings when I started feeding them freeze dried bloodworms.
    As per intsructions (Joseph Clemens), pulverize the food, sprinkle, and spray water on the leaves.

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    Thanks.
    Ron, now that you mention it, I think I have an inch leeway with this setup I'm using, so I may try it. Most of the dews are 3 inches away from the lights- except the tall ones like the Capes and D. regia. It's just those darned flower stalks that keep burning up on me!
    I can't really figure out the math on that one, but it should be a bit less than 4x the light intensity (9/4?).
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