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    Thanks, David, that helps a lot. I may change my fertilizer regime for a few months to see if my results change. I assume the warmer summer months will be a good time to try it out, and could even help the plants deal with the heat a bit more. Glad to hear someone reaffirm my suspicions about the necessity of maintaining the pH in the media, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pineapple View Post
    Where do you get all of these rare neps? I can't find any anywhere...
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    You can find them, if you have the $200 - $500 to spend on them.

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    Very nice David! Very insightful tips and observations. You really have some beauties going, its nice to see them in good hands!
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    Would instant coffee yield the same results as long as RO water was used? My coffee maker is bound to be full of deposits. We drink about 5 pots a day around here.

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    Just get a cheap french press.

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    Duh..... Should have though of that. BUT would the instant have the same results or is there something missing or not present in the instant? Now it is just curiousity. I have at least one or two presses around and will try that today. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by SgtSarracenia View Post
    Would instant coffee yield the same results as long as RO water was used? My coffee maker is bound to be full of deposits. We drink about 5 pots a day around here.
    I honestly couldn't tell you, since I am unaware of what "survives" in instant coffee after its extreme processing; and cannot imagine that, say, its hundreds of volatile compounds would still be present. Also, it's still unclear what seems to be the greatest benefit to Nepenthes, beyond its clear acidifying properties.

    Numbers vary greatly -- but several hundred, if not thousands, of chemical compounds exist in whole coffee beans; these range from alkaloids, carbohydrates, and amino acids; vitamins B1,B2, B12, C; nicotinic, folic, and pantothenic acids; to calcium, sodium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc; selenium and manganese.

    Whether everything finds its way into a cup of the old Nescafe -- who knows? Splurging on a 2.00 plastic coffee funnel and making a batch of drip coffee couldn't hurt . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

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    Good to see someone else experimenting with this! I gave this to my N. spathulata and it is now putting out 9" leaves from only 2 inch leaves several weeks ago. Now the lil nook is putting out a one-bud flower out of an activated bud after another bud succumbed to a failure of pollination on another stalk.


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