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    A relevant question, Paul . . .

    Last year I had a tray of some eighteen Nepenthes macrophylla seedlings from Trus Madi of similar age and miniscule size -- another glacially-slow and related ultra-highland species, that served as an informal control (and only because I didn't want to risk dumping coffee or fertilizer upon them until they had gained some size and produced something aside from cotyledons); and during the course of twelve months, they barely exceeded 7 mm in diameter.

    A second, smaller group (six or so) was treated similarly to the N. villosa; and with, apparently, equal success:

    Nepenthes macrophylla


    In my view, the coffee probably works in a similar vein to the peat "tea" that growers, myself included, had used for years, in an effort to re-acidify the compost; and I would also rather smell brewing coffee than a fetid bog in my kitchen . . .
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    Earlier this month I bought a coffee press and some starbucks medium roast columbian that was on sale. I gave it to all my neps at roughly half strength and although I can't confirm any difference in growth size or speed just yet (or ever, since I have no control group), some of the plants have turned a deeper green. Additionally, it could just be a coincidence but one hybrid that I find difficult to pitcher has made it's first pitcher of this year and several mirabilis and a x leessii have decided to bloom. Prior to the treatment I had one mirabilis bloom with no signs of buds in the others, now I have about five more that have just put out flowers.

    Like I said, it could just be a coincidence but things are looking good.

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    Thought I would give a little more evidence on this subject.
    Nepenthes villosa's first leaf after coffee treatment. Not super dramatic but a nice size increase nonetheless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBella View Post
    I did, however, dilute the coffee a bit, simply because my tastes run toward the pitch black with roughly the texture of gelatin.
    lol same here, David. Nothing like a cup of bold dark robust coffee you could arguably consume with a fork..

    Wow this thread has been around a while. Thanks for all the updates and info. This is very informative.

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    I have finally succumbed to the French roast...

    I felt I had to dilute the first pot I brewed because it was so strong the smell made my nose hairs retreat into my nasal cavity.

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    Here are a few examples of plants exhibiting impressive new growth since I began using coffee at full strength a couple of months ago.


    vogelii




    singalana x hamata




    sibuyanensis




    veitchii x lowii




    lowii x truncata squat




    sanguinea





    At the moment, I alternate bi-weekly between root flushing with urea free orchid ferts and root flushing with coffee. Nothing else has changed, save the cafe.

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    you and bigbella have made me a believer for sure

    I will start incorporating it as well into my fert program on a couple of specimens.

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    I've been told not to do it so much. I've been doing it once a month. I've done it twice so far. It's been three weeks and I got a bunch of new plants and I'm eager to do this again, as its helped out a ton with sphagnum. I always do a flush two days after. How does it sound if I did once every three weeks for six weeks, then I bumped it up to once every two weeks?

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