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    Quote Originally Posted by Pineapple View Post
    But still I'm curious of what kind of coffee you are using.
    I think that the type of coffee is immaterial, though I haven't ever used instant. I like darker roast coffees, French or Italian Roast; but most any of them should just be fine. Don't over-think it . . .
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    My Nepenthes drink what I drink: dark roast Sumatran. Figure they're closer to that than Ethiopia anyway so it works out for them? I think I dilute to less than my drinking strength but it's still pretty dark. Coffee-grinder full of beans to a French press and dilute that in a gallon or two of RO.

    I haven't ever used instant either - the way it tastes I'd be afraid it would melt the roots right of 'em.

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    Thanks for reviving this thread. Coffee will become part of my regimine very soon.

    Do you think this would be beneficial to species like northiana?? Don't tjey live in lime stone areas? Making it more alkoline? Or am i off base?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB_OrchidGuy View Post
    Thanks for reviving this thread. Coffee will become part of my regimine very soon.

    Do you think this would be beneficial to species like northiana?? Don't tjey live in lime stone areas? Making it more alkoline? Or am i off base?
    Regardless of N. northiana's supposed requirement for alkaline environments -- it also requires its fair share of nitrogen, which coffee can also provide (though the chemistry behind the apparent benefit of coffee still remains unclear). Many growers opt for composts that are pumice-perlite-vemiculite based to duplicate that environment; but coffee shouldn't be an issue . . .
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    Here is another update; the leaves are all developing quite well and increasing in size . . .

    Nepenthes villosa 31 May


    28 June
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    Wow that's incredible David, how old are those seedlings? Im sure that by the end of the year those plants will be like 2" across.

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    The plants are something on the order of fourteen months old -- slow-growing highlanders; and here's a shot of those four from last year . . .

    Nepenthes villosa: 3 July 2011
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    Dave, I'm curious....do you have a control group for comparison? Its easy to assume the relatively quick growth is due to one factor (coffee) but without a control group, you can't say its the sole influence factor. (Not trying to be contrary, I just think controls are very important when measuring stuff like this)

    Thanks for the update.

    Paul

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