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    Hey,
    Ok I just some fertilizer and I was wondering if it was ok to use. It is Schultz Orchid Food 19-31-17. I know its not 30-10-10 but could i still use it? And also can it be used any time during the year as foliar feed? Thank you.
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    The Schultz'es formulation is a bloom booster, designed to make orchids flower. That is not necessarily the goal with Nepenthes. Overall, the Neps will benefit, but long term it's possible you'll get frequent flowering (meaning a slowdown in pitcher production). It will make Neps bloom. We've tried it. Overall, a higher first number (nitrogen) would be better.

    Foliar fertilizing will work, but suggest supplying fertilizer to the roots. It stimulates the Nep root system-which is a good thing.

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    and foliar feeding is just spraying/misting with fertilizer right? or does it go in pitchers?
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    diluted with water of course?
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    Check out this thread Osmocote experiment

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    I think you are jumping the gun. This is your first nepenthes that you just received bareroot. Fertilizing a plant that is struggling to adapt to a new environment can do more harm then good. Allow the plant to establish itself first, which can take 3 or more months, then come back and ask the question.

    Just my opinion.
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    Hey Brian your right I didn't take that into consideration. Thanks for that. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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