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Thread: Cutting Pitchers vs Feeding Pitchers?

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    No I was just joshing. I think it's sort of sacreligious seeing as pitchers are the whole reason for growing the plants in the first place. Plus, when I feed the pitchers, despite how small they are, I have noticed that a plant will small fed pitchers will grow better than one with none at all. Also, there are periods of time when you may not get any pitchers due to whatever reason, and you'll be sad that you cut any old ones off. Furthermore, a plant with no pitchers is not easily identifiable and could be mixed up.

    In conclusion, I have used the coffee treatment and felt that it worked well.
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    Just did my first very light coffee treatment. I used my five smallest plants. I put 2/3 cup of the coffee in there and it drained out the bottom, so it's pretty much coffee-ey... Here's the plants right after the first coffee treatment... (I took the live sphagnum off while putting the coffee in just in case)

    N. truncata Pasian Highlands


    N. densiflora x spectabilis


    N. vogelii


    N. jacquelineae


    N. singalana


    I put two tablespoons of Columbia coffee grounds into four cups of distilled water and warmed it in a pot to the temperature of a hot bath. It stirred it around a bit. It was the color of tea. I tasted some that was left after the treatment and it tasted more like water than anything, so it was pretty weak. I'll post more pics once their pitchers on the new leaves they put out develop.

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    If nothing happen in a months time then I recommend using strong coffee which is what I use... it tastes awful bitter and looks almost black in color.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lance View Post
    If nothing happen in a months time then I recommend using strong coffee which is what I use... it tastes awful bitter and looks almost black in color.
    Yeah, I didn't let it soak very long or use too much either. I guess I inadvertently eased them into it lol.

    For future reference, does coffee kill live sphagnum if poured directly through it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pineapple View Post
    For future reference, does coffee kill live sphagnum if poured directly through it?
    No, it won't. However, I would not advise using full strength espresso-strength coffee (dilute that stuff in water) because it is very acidic and can be a bit harsh on plant roots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whimgrinder View Post
    No, it won't. However, I would not advise using full strength espresso-strength coffee (dilute that stuff in water) because it is very acidic and can be a bit harsh on plant roots.
    I've only drank coffee twice in my lifetime. Once at Starbucks because I thought Caramel Macchiato was fun to say, the second time at Starbucks trying to force myself to drink Caramel Macchiato because it was fun to say. I'm not coffee expert. All I know is that I got a light blend because it said 'L' and it was Columbia coffee... It was pretty diluted because I could barely taste it after I fed it to the plants... But now my greenhouse smells like coffee...

    I'll try going very light. If this doesn't work, I'll make it a bit darker. Don't want to kill the poor plants though, haha.

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    Flushed with about 1-1/2 to 2 cups of water for each plant. Water poured out the bottom. Will update when stuff happens.

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    Mixed up another batch for my larger neps... This time I let it boil and sit for about 20 minutes. I can't see through and it tastes bitter...



    Too dark?

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