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    Quote Originally Posted by mobile View Post
    In those years, have you fed your plants any other root nutrients? My point being that all the posts I have read about how well Nepenthes grow after feeding with coffee are anecdotal, with no comparisons on how they would perform on a more traditional nutrient solution (fertiliser) or given no nutrients.
    I was as skeptical as any other and have mentioned on several occasions that I have regularly used biweekly applications of orchid fertilizers (typically 30:10:10) on my Nepenthes and Heliamphora for years; and while my "coffee results" are currently anecdotal, I am in the process of germinating some Nepenthes seeds, in order to do a more formal experiment . . .
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    Looking good there BigBella. That was a nice jump in size on that last leaf.

    Your villosa is looking very happy.

    dvg

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    Keep up the awesome work and keep us posted.
    Thanx BigB.

    P.S. I've heard a lot of people say if the sphagnum is happy then so is the nepenthes in that pot.
    Good growing, Jack
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    I too am beginning to see the light. I have had my ventricosa x inermis for close to a year now. It had one pitcher when I got it and has went pitcherless ever since. It grew just fine, but no pitchers.

    I decided to pour a dilute solution of coffee into the pot and a month or so later I get this... Conditions really didn't change all that much other than a java infusion.




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    Has anyone tried using amino acids in Nepenthes pitchers? See my topic HERE for details on my trial with using them on Heliamphora.

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    Here is an update on a couple of my older plants, treated with coffee back in March. For anyone familiar with the often glacial growth rate of ultra-highland Nepenthes, the results are very promising . . .

    Nepenthes villosa -- 13 March 2010


    Nepenthes macrophylla


    Nepenthes villosa -- 9 June 2010




    Nepenthes macrophylla


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    wow those are looking awesome!

    And I've never had sphag grow like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pictureaday View Post
    wow those are looking awesome!

    And I've never had sphag grow like that!
    Thanks . . .

    I don't think that it's a strange coincidence that the sphagnum went wild after the coffee treatment. In the entire time that I have had those plants, it had never been necessary to trim the moss -- just since March . . .
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