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    Fertilized for the first time.

    So today i fertilized my Nepenthes for the first time with max strength orchid fertilizer which is 1/4 tsp per gallon, since i saw Phissionkorps had success with this stuff ive had the orchid fertilizer for a few months for my orchids. it is 19-31-17. i will be updating this thread regularly with progress photos and will be fertilizing ever 2 weeks and flushing the soil 72 hours later as Phission described in his description for it. So here we go
    week 1: 1-21-09
    All nepenthes lightly misted and watered with fertilizer- Schultz Orchid Food 19-31-17
    Flush date 1-24-09

    next Fertilization date: 2-4-09

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    If you just misted the leaves why flush the pots? I'm myself a bit confused as to what would be the best way to fertilize. Some mist the leaves, some just water with the fertilizer water, and others fill the pitcher with it. I think it would be a good idea to start using some again for my neps, but what way is the question.

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    You definitely need to pour it in the soil composition. Flushing is completely unnecessary if you are foliar feeding (which will not do near the good, if any good at all, as applying fertilizers to the soil and roots.

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    xvart i added a little to the roots while i misted
    im worried about hurting the plants...
    ill do some more then

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    I personally will put a little bit in the pitchers twice a month. I tried into the media, with flushing a day later, and still had a huge out of control algae problem result.

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    im not too horribly worried about algae as i already remove it often enough from some of the ping and drosera pots...its not too big of a deal for me.

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    Don't even worry about the leaves. It's like painting a barn with a paintbrush. I've heard about people having problems with algae, but I have never had a problem. I feel this thread is a good discussion of fertilizer usage in various applications.

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    edit: I just realized that nightsky and I had the same discussion about algae almost verbatim in my linked thread. lol.
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    thanks xvart
    i will be using this thread to update on progress of the plants

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