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Thread: Digestive fluid and watering?

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    Stop having a boring tuna, stop having a boring life! neon-eon's Avatar
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    My pitchers are grown without a terrarium and I don't have a mister to water them. they seem perfectly healthy. My question is do open pitchers produce digestive fluid even without high levels of humidity. Also I water them every four days, is that enough? I've heard that they naturally secrete digestive fluid but i've also heard they need water in the pitchers.
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    Yes, the pitchers develop with a neutral pH fluid already in them. Very lowl levels of humidity may cause evaporation of this and adding water will help, but you should also add prey to start the digestive process. Adding prey will raise the pH so when you add water, it won't dilute it so much, and you should have low mold problems.

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    EDIT: ditto to JLAP
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    You can also simulate captured prey by shaking the pitchers if you don't want to add live bugs or feed it something that does not move. Just give the pitcher a little shake for a few days.

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    my n. ventricosa grows on my desk under lights, so it's a fairly low humidity environment, but i never have problems with empty pitchers. i water it 1-2x/wk and mist it a little more frequently than that and its pitchers are usually about half full. you could try the "tray method" used for orchids to increase your humidity a little- place the plant in a shallow tray (even one of those plastic dishes for indoor pots) full of pebbles and water. the water evaporates to increase the humidity around the plant, but the pebbles keep the pot elevated and keeps the plant from getting "wet feet". my orchid seems to like this idea anyway
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    Live, struggling prey makes for soupy Nepenthes and gooey Sundews.

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    I've finally got a mini greenhouse for my plants. The temp. is in the low 80's and it seems pretty humid in there now. I started this topic because I fed one of my young pitchers a spider. The spider crawled around on the top and fell in. I waited a few minutes and it didn't crawl out, that was the last time I saw it. until I read the reply I wasn't sure if it was stuck or if it drowned. Yeah, each plant has at least pitcher about an inch long or so. because the openings are small I can't quite see to the bottom of the pitchers yet. In a couple months I'm hoping the opening will be big enough so that I can look all the way inside the pitchers. thank's for the info, I'm probably going to go bug hunting in a few minutes and feed some more of my pitchers. man if it were summer I would have no problem finding meals for my plants.
    anyway thanks for the info.
    Now I don't have to go to bed each night crying over my pitchers and praying that digestive fluid will magically appear (JK)


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