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    Quote Originally Posted by CrzyCarnivore View Post
    I am very tempted to try this!!! I think I might get a N. lowii and use that cause the ones avaliable at California Carnivores are kind of small!
    If you're going to experiment you might want to consider using something a little more common/expendable. Coffee (cold) won't hurt, but this is a good rule of thumb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justjack View Post
    A coffee maker/coffee pot.

    ok, but what kind of solution does he use?? Nep lover said left over coffee, but I was curious to see what DavyJones uses.

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    Will coffee grinds work well?
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    I simply used what was left in my coffee pot for the day, in this case it was the brand 8 O'Clock's french roast. It literally was what was leftover in my coffeepot that morning, used at full strength.
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    Thanks for the clarification Davy.

    I wonder what it is about it that makes it such a positive factor for growth? Maybe the caffeine has some sort of effect on the rate of growth. Typical plants that show this result are resulting from Nitrogen supplements. Potassium and magnesium dont seem to have that drastic of an effect.

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    DO NOT USE INSTANT COFFEE!

    Phew had to get that out haha. I used it on my plants and it turned the media into a black tar mess. I do however use coffee grinds as a top dressing and that seems to work equally well. I use cold coffee for iced coffee so I'm greedy and keep it for myself haha. But coffee grinds 1/4" thick as a top dressing does great for me. They get a little taste each time you water!

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    DavyJones,

    I've heard anecdotal reports of this.

    You may want to try watering only half of your plants with coffee, and the other half treat as you normally would. This would better enable you to determine whether it's the coffee, something else, or chance that produces whatever effects you observe. It's also good just in case the treatment ends up being detrimental--that way, only half of your collection is affected instead of it all!

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    hmm... ill have to try this on a ventricosa soon, i tried the fish pellet food on the ventricosa, and two days later the pitcher was snapped off by a bird, but in a week, this small(to me) was medium sized like my other
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