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Thread: Maxsea or Neptune's Harvest for Drosera Seedlings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exo View Post
    I've used maxsea with great success, by misting the plants with it once a month at 1/4tsp per gallon concentration.
    This approach will allow you to experience** the incredible joy of cultivating a nice, thick media-covering blanket of slime algae. If your seedlings are small enough, the wonderful gelatinous goop will cover them and allow them to have an up-close and personal view of the individual cells which compose this species.

    Since this sounds like a potentially new experience for you, you might find that you enjoy your new culture of green slime so much that you don't even miss the seedlings that originally inhabited the pot.

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    Here is my two cents:

    I use Maxsea with great results at very low concentrations (1/4 tsp. per gallon or less). I have used this mix on full grown dews, sarrs, neps, and a few ultrics with no deaths from the fert. I would be very careful feeding seedlings as it will not take much to kill them. I have no need to feed my dews they just end up getting it since a lot are in with my other plants. The soil gnats feed all my pings and dews enough to keep them alive.

    ONe question no one has asked. Are you sure your pygmies are not going dormant and you think they are dead? With cold temps. pygmies may be going dormant and dying back fully. Just some food for thought.
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    Pygmy Drosera are mainly winter growers. For the most part they go dormant in hot dry conditions of summer. Seeds usually germinate in the fall and gemmae production begins late fall. The plants might stop producing trap leaves in favor of gemmae but they are still growing in winter. Trap leaf production usually resumes after the gemmae are gone. And the gemmae "germinate" during winter.
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    Mine don't! I grow them outdoors in Nor Cal. They are a cross (occidentalis x pulchella). These are the only pygmies I have but I have a ton. They go dormant every winter, start growing in spring with gemmae production somewhere inbetween that time.

    I believe that would also depend on the type of pygmy and where they are from. Most Australian pygmies follow this rule, but what about south African or American?

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    Pygmy Drosera are mainly winter growers. For the most part they go dormant in hot dry conditions of summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    This approach will allow you to experience** the incredible joy of cultivating a nice, thick media-covering blanket of slime algae. If your seedlings are small enough, the wonderful gelatinous goop will cover them and allow them to have an up-close and personal view of the individual cells which compose this species.

    Since this sounds like a potentially new experience for you, you might find that you enjoy your new culture of green slime so much that you don't even miss the seedlings that originally inhabited the pot.

    ** - my history only, YMMV
    So far...I've had no more slime algae in my pots than I normally do...as a matter of fact, my most horrendus algae occours in pots that never get fertillized at all....
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Why dont you use crushed beta pellets? IThey work for me really well

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    I use a small partical of tubifix worms for my pygmys and I've never seen mold. I only have 20 so it's easy for me to feed them individually. Jack
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    I use freeze dried blood worms they work like a charm.

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