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    Well Martin it is out of my own expirence too. I have fertilized Adelae and it just burns the leaves BADLY!!!!!!! So that was just a share in my own expierence.

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    Drosera don't need fertilizer or even prey unless they are really thriving. I wouldn't recommend anyone fertilize thir plants unless they are very experienced, and then only with VERY small amounts of a mild fertilizer like those used on epiphites, at approx 1/5 or less the recommended strength, followed after 24 hrs. by a complete leaf rinse. I have had some success with this, but use it seldom as my plants do their thing naturally. My schizandra is so small it will be years before this need arises, but terrarium culture does exhaust the plants more quickly. IAlso BTW with 100% humidity in a closed system, the available CO2 is quickly taken up by the plants, so careful, periodic ventilation is in order. Martin, sorry to hear about your plant - maybe someday I can help you out:) Right now my whole plant is about the size of a prolifera leaf.
    You are right about D'Amato too: nothing is the same everywhere, and generalizations are just that, no matter who gives the advice. Still, it is good to share experiences, especially the mistakes! How else do you learn?

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    I have found the most effective 'fertilizer' to be dried insects from pet stores. They are 100% natural and do not burn the leaves of CPs.

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    Hi Tamlin,

    hu, I forgot a "t" in my post :
    IT (=the plant) didn't die after fertilizing !
    I also didn't die, of course :-)))))

    Hmmmm, English is a tricky language, never forget only a single letter :-)

    So what I wanted to say : My Drosera schizandra has no problems with getting some diluted Tillandsia fertilizer which I spray over my Nepenthes.

    Nepenthes and Heliamphora are the only plants which I fertilize, because they don't get insects in the terrarium.

    Some years ago I tried fertilizing some Dionaea and Sarracenia and they have grown "bigger" and faster, but they didn't look as robust as the non-firtilized plants.

    I prefer compact and healthy "hard-grown" plants...
    The size doesn't really matter :-)

    I have heard about successful experiments with adding a bit of vermiculite to the media of petiolaris-complex-Drosera and Sarracenia.

    As a general rule I don't know any carnivorous plant which NEED fertilizer or food for healthy growing (except Aldrovanda)
    But there are some species which grow bigger (healthier ?) if you fertilize them.

    But you should only fertilize healthy plants and never try to save a weak plant by fertilizing it !

    hmmm, Drosera schizandra again :
    I wouldn't recommend dried insects for Drosera schizandra. The digestion-juices of this spezies are very weak and in stagnant air and high humidity (the conditions most people grow them) the dried insekt will ssoon start rotting.
    And than the leaf and than the plant....

    And Tamlin, thanks for the offer, but it's not necessary :-)

    Martin

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    Hi Martin,
    What if there are fungus gnats in the terrarium? Would the plant die if it caught one? I do not grow D.schizandra, but I am curious about this plant:)

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    Hi,

    If the plant can catch the prey for itself (and the tentacles are really weak) and you have some air movement than this should be no problem.
    My plants survived fruit flies.

    It is not as difficult as it seems but you shouldn't feed it big dead insects the plant could never get for itself.

    The plant is so easy to propagate via leaf cuttings that it should be more aviable in some years.
    I couldn't find one for a long time and now it is even offered at ebay (here in Germany)

    Martin

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    sounds like you guys have your work cut out for ya...

    I'll stick to Nepenthes... compared to these fragile little guys, they are tanks! (And need to be with me!)

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