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    Will this fertilizer kill my plants?

    I know, kind of a stupid question, but does anyone see any reason why this fertilizer
    http://echters.stores.yahoo.net/jaclorsp8oz.html
    would be bad for my plants?
    Just making sure I'm not feeding them herbicide
    The instructions say to use 1/4 of a teaspoon every day or 1/2 every couple of weeks. I was thinking 1/4 teaspoon every couple of weeks. Does this sound ok?
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    Yes, general rule of thumb is too not fertilize carnivours plants since they absorb their required nutrients (fertilzers) through bugs

    Fertilizers will burn the roots of the plants and kill them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nepfreak View Post
    I know, kind of a stupid question, but does anyone see any reason why this fertilizer
    http://echters.stores.yahoo.net/jaclorsp8oz.html
    would be bad for my plants?
    Just making sure I'm not feeding them herbicide
    The instructions say to use 1/4 of a teaspoon every day or 1/2 every couple of weeks. I was thinking 1/4 teaspoon every couple of weeks. Does this sound ok?
    Thanks,
    Ben
    I routinely use 1/4 strength 30:10:10 Grow-More Premium Orchid Food as a foliar misting every two weeks on my Nepenthes, Cephalotus, Heliamphora, and some others during their active growing season, and they all seem to benefit from it -- more pitchers, larger leaves, and generally greater vigour. The fertilizer -- nothing is ever cheap when dealing with orchids -- may be a bit spendy at the outset but I've had that same troublesome pink container since 2005 and it should last until the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012 when any questions about fertilising Nepenthes will be rendered moot (heh, heh, heh) . . .
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    I use 1/3 teaspoon dilution once a week.

    I've just been told it doesn't help too much. I've recently found that slow release fertilizer pellets work much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefforever View Post
    I use 1/3 teaspoon dilution once a week.

    I've just been told it doesn't help too much. I've recently found that slow release fertilizer pellets work much better.
    I've had consistently good results with the combination I've been using. I know that some growers swear by Osmocote and other time-release brands but I have found them, over time, to be harmful to the live sphagnum I often use as top-dressing or throughout the mix of many of my plants -- particularly Nepenthes and Heliamphora. The weak orchid fertilizer doesn't seem to affect the moss to any great degree . . .

    The plant below (the only example I readily had on hand) was regularly fertilized with 30:10:10, large divisions taken last Fall, and it's ready for more punishment come October. It is easily a third larger than the other Heliamphora plants of the same age -- often divisions from that same plant -- which had been fed either only insects or fish food flakes. The same goes for some of my Nepenthes . . .



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    Very nice Heli you have there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nepfreak View Post
    The instructions say to use 1/4 of a teaspoon every day or 1/2 every couple of weeks. I was thinking 1/4 teaspoon every couple of weeks. Does this sound
    Hi Ben,

    The stuff I use is 20-14-13. I certainly would suggest NOT fertilizing every day, lol. I go every two weeks (give or take).

    Quote Originally Posted by Overmind1632 View Post
    Yes, general rule of thumb is too not fertilize carnivours plants since they absorb their required nutrients (fertilzers) through bugs

    Fertilizers will burn the roots of the plants and kill them
    This is most definitely NOT true! Properly fertilized CPs look better, are stronger, and healthier. Since this is in the Nepenthes forum, I'm assuming you're looking at fertilizing your neps. I don't know a thing about fertilizing other CPs, but my Nepethes are doing great with fertilizer.

    You might want to check out this thread, as there is a lot of discussion about various fertilization methods. You do certainly want to be careful not to over do it.

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