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Thread: OSMOCOTE Testing on Nepenthes SUCCESSFULLY!

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    Quote[/b] (nepizumiae @ Jan. 04 2006,3:16)]Hey Mr. Aga.
    Nice plant you got there. Are you sure the osmocote did the trick? where is your control plant ?
    A control plant in your case would be another reinwardtiana without osmocote so you can measure the difference in leaf to pitcher ration and growth in general. Without it, it'd be very difficult to attribute the growth of your plant to osmocote

    John
    That always comes up, u know, otherwise it wouldn't be a scientific fair empirical experiment blah blah blah...

    I can confirm that if done right fertilizing can indeed promote growth. My brother fertilized some of his plants and on most of them the next leaf tripled in size. Now isn't that concludable enough?!? OR maybe the Neps just decided to go into a growing orgy all at once! Unlikely...another person (arie) also had the same results from osmocote when he did an experiment a while back.

    Be warned though, that if you fertilize wrongly it will have extremely adverse effects on the plants...

    Although I'm still waiting to see if anything happens to the pitcher:leaf ratio. Huge leaves are one thing, but size of pitchers is the real deal.

    Mr Aga have u noticed anything about leafitcher ratio ever since u started fertilizing?

    Jason

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    Jason, i am not denying the fact that fertilizers help the plant grow. I am sure many commercial growers usually use this to promote growth in nepenthes. But one thing is to have a healthy plant with nice pitchers and another claiming that because of this product the plant tripled in size in 50 days or so because of it!

    John

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    John, I wasn't taking a shot at you, but at the community in general. So many ppl believe that fertilizing is doom for cps -UNTRUE.

    Yes, of course if the conditions are good enough fertilizing probably won't have as big an impact if the conditions are crap. And of course Nepenthes can have growth spurts when they are healthy - may/may not be due to fertilizers. Its just that all the conditions remained the same, the plants grew as per normal, then came the fertilizers and the plants boomed. Some of my other plants that weren't fertilized just grew on normally (yeah ok they were of different spp.), but tell me that is not concludable enough.....I think arie did one on three plants (ventrata I think) and the ones fertilized all had larger pitchers, longer stems and leaves.

    Now, to see if I can locate that post...

    Jason

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    Found it! Here

    Oh yeah, and Mr Aga did you notice any difference in the leafitcher ratio when you started fertilizing?

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    Jason Wong,
    I noticed that leaf size is also bigger and traps also!
    But in the ratio wins more the leaf for the moment.
    Traps are bigger,I can garantee this,but not so big as the leafes.
    I am sure that the osmocote did this effect. The plants was a dwarf stalled from 1 year!
    She was in my terrarium from lots of months without beeing changed or anything.
    Anyway...from monday I will also put osmocote to a little Nep. rajah. I will tell you what it will happen!
    See yah

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    I understand where John (nizumiae) is coming from, however, you can justly say that the plant no doubt benefitted from the fertilizers in regards to the extreme moss growth and of course, the astronomical growth rate of the Nepenthes plant. These are the general effects of osmocote on Nepenthes, for anyone that has experience in using Osmocote extensively.

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    Has osmocote been applied to other pitcher plant genera (e.g., cephs, helis, sarrs, darlingtonia)? What about on brocchina and catopsis? Just wondering because I currently spray dilute orchid fertilizer on these plants and they seem to respond well. Of course, applying fertilizer to leaves and roots are two totally different prospects.

    Also, I'd like to use osmocote on some of my neps. I've read that one osmocote pellet per inch (pot size) is sufficient and safe. Does anyone care to comment on this?

    Thanks!
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    I stilll believe that we should have at least two plants to make the comparison..

    a plant without osmocote of the same size as the one with osmocote before and after treatment [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_o_32.gif[/img]

    Otherwise, we may be just fantasizing too much

    John

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