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    I've used fish food before but I used tropical fish food, like Tetrabits 'cause it's what I had on hand to feed my discus. I think they may have changed the name of it now.

    I've noticed that pitchers catch A LOT of insects as food. I was growing some Neps outside and I brought one into the house and put it in a terrarium. I didn't know it had ants in it. It's amazing how effective even the tiniest pitchers are at capturing food.

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    Yes... we call the petioles leaves when the pitchers are actually the leaves. If we call them petioles people would think we meant the leaf base (which we call incorrectly the petiole). We just do this for convenience but really it's not right. Fertilizing the pitchers would be foliar feeding, but if I said foliar feeding and meant to fertilize the leaves (pitchers) people would think I meant to fertilize the petioles.

    OK.... it makes sense if you read it slowly lol. I started out foliar feeding the petioles ("leaves") until my confidence built up to fertilize properly. Most of our plants have a waxy cuticle so it just rolls off, and those plants who's leaves aren't, the amount that stays on the leaf is so small it's pointless. If you think about it, the residue that builds on the leaf would block out light, so you're probably doing more harm than good.

    Has anyone ever had a controlled test to see if root feeding or foliar (pitcher) feeding is best?

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    What is the method for root feeding anyways?

    I have some Osmocote slow release fertilizer pellets, but I don't know how to use them with neps.

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    Mixing up either fish emulsion/seaweed or orchid fertilizer and just watering the plant normally with that water. I always root feed. I tried to foliar feed for a while, and guess what happened - NOTHING! I switched to root feeding and my plants have gotten better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phissionkorps View Post
    Mixing up either fish emulsion/seaweed or orchid fertilizer and just watering the plant normally with that water. I always root feed. I tried to foliar feed for a while, and guess what happened - NOTHING! I switched to root feeding and my plants have gotten better.

    Really? Don't the fertilizers build up in the soil and kill it?

    I've used foliar feed a lot lately and it seems to work for me, especially on Copelandii, Ventrata, and Ventricosa, which have doubled the sizes of their leaves.

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    Hey there jeff,
    This is the system that I use to feed nepenthes with Osmocote.
    1 pellet per inch of pot.
    3 inch pot equals 3 pellets evenlly spaced. 4 inch 4 etc.
    This has been working for me.
    add ever 3-9 months as presribed on the Osmocote label.
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    Phissionkorps has it right - this is what most of the major nepenthes growers do. Feed the roots with a seaweed fertilizer (I use Maxsea) once a month, give or take. Or a light orchid fertilizer. Water the plants with the solution like you're normally watering. This works.

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    I have tried fish food it helps but not much foliage feeding does jack . I'm broke right now but sometime later I'll try seaweed like some people do around here.

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