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    What they said. It is imperative the coffee is unflavored as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NemJones View Post
    Im really excited to try this myself. I wonder if this would work for seedlings as well..
    Ive heard some more experienced growers say you should only do it with well established plants, so Id say tread lightly with seedlings.

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    I have done it on and off for a few years. I have only done it will my more established plants though. I typically water like normal with coffee every 2 to 3 months and there are some noticeable increases in growth. I wish I had taken pictures but after a small stoppage in application I put a little extra on my lowii x boschiana and the leaves went from about 4 inches long to about 14 in span of 5 months(guestimating). The pitchers for me however seemed to be less colorful and smaller overall after it has one of these growth spurts, however, if I don't water with coffee it produces its normal pitchers again. The moss also goes crazy for me as well which is nice since I don't have to much of it to start with. I usually just take left over grounds and throw them in some water and let it sit for a day. Before use I will shake it up and water as normal. I have never been very diligent with flushing the pots though but have noticed no real issues (I would still recommend it if possible).

    It'll be interesting to see what it looks like in a few months though! Keep us updated. I also know there are a few threads out and about if you have any other questions.

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    I wonder if anyone has tried this on plants other than Nepenthes. It would be very interesting to see how coffee affects the growth of other carnivorous plants, particularly ones that aren't generally fed (terrestrial utrics, etc).
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    I tried it once on my typical garden center nepenthes. . I used the grounds and cold coffee and it seemed to work great..

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    Quote Originally Posted by David F View Post
    Using darker roasts like the one mentioned might be better as they are like a reduced version of the coffee (less caffeine etc.) it sounds counter intuitive, but cooking the bean longer results in a more broken down material.

    Coffee is often used to supplement nitrogen in mushroom cultures, it also provides a boost of acidic properties. Your results seem good, but I think a much larger sample size with clearly defined variables and controls would tell us a lot more.
    Im going to be giving 2 of my other Nepenthes the coffee treatment today, theyre both identical in age and size, so I think that will also help with the sample size. Ill take before and after photos, so we can see just how big of a difference it makes.

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    Another thing I've done is get 5 gal. Buckets full of old/used coffee from gas stations or Starbucks and spread that on the garden and compost pile.. filters and all.....

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