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    Well, that would be very costly, but I think I can go for 3. That's 9 altogether, right?
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    I'm not sure what ratio would work best; I said 1/4 because when I come across info on using orchid fertilizer for Neps I seem to see 1/4 strength recommended most of the time. At full strength I would have concerns about root burn from the waterings themselves. With regular fertilization (like every two weeks as you proposed) even a dilute fertilizer may accumulate in the media, so I think 1/2 might still be pushing it. Flush the pots well with pure water in between doses of fertilizers to prevent buildups.
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    PS - Also, just to play devil's advocate, I think that getting multiple plants for each trial might be overkill for this project. It doesn't sound to me like you have the means to do an unambiguously scientific experiment here; this will mostly be for your own personal knowledge. Three plants each is better than one or two, but if you look in the ICPS newsletter you'll see that people doing tests for soil preferences and the like will use samples of 50, 100 or more seedlings at a time, over the course of years. If you can afford nine N. ventricosa to play with, then by all means go ahead, but if cash is a limiting factor I would suggest using less plants and putting the money you save on something like a soil test kit so that you can get better data.
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    I said that, though. Also, it is not fertilizer. It's stale coffee.
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    Ah, for some reason I thought you were talking about 3/4. Today I'm not exactly on the ball... I'm out with bronchitis.
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