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    Quote Originally Posted by curtisconners View Post
    Another question, I've heard about using heavily diluted fertilizer on nepenthes and then soaking the plant with a ton of water to "flush" the soil of excess salts. I was pretty surprised when I heard this. I thought that fertilizer with cp's was a big no. I'd never do it to my vft's, which I have more experience with. What's your experience?
    I fertilize my Nepenthes on a biweekly basis while they're actively growing with a dilute orchid fertilizer. Many other growers use other approaches to fertilize their plants - MaxSea applications, Osmocote in the pitchers (burns the pitchers if overdone in my conditions) or soil, etc. Fertilizing most CPs is indeed a poor idea, but there are quite a few exceptions that are able to utilize significant amounts of nutrients through the roots, Nepenthes being foremost (and Sarracenia to a lesser extent). It's a good thing that you've never done it with your VFTs, because if you had you probably wouldn't have any right now.

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    I'd probably only fertilize in winter where I am. It's amazing how many bugs my CP's catch in summer. My nepenthes was filled with more bugs than I could count last summer. What about flushing the soil though? How much water do you use for that? Do you flush the soil at all?

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    Oh, wait, I just saw you said you fertilized them when they're actively growing. My bad.

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    I don't really flush the soil specifically, if you used the proper concentrations of fertilizer it shouldn't harm the plants and the excess nutrients will largely get washed out the next time you water anyway (provided that you really soak the pot and don't just dribble a bit of water and call it "watering").

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    Ok, thanks again for answering my one million questions. I should probably be getting to bed. Happy super bowl 50.
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    I feed my nepenthes fish food


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    My understanding is that the location from which a maxima hails also plays a factor with some higher altitudes requiring cooler highland conditions while others native to somewhat lower altitudes can handle intermediate conditions. I have found my maxima has done fine as a "windowsill " plant for the winter. My humidity is abysmal-- around 15% currently. It has continued growing new leaves. It has not formed any new pitchers in the last few months but whether that is due to the lack of humidity, lack of strong sunlight (it gets no supplemental lighting and Michigan winters are not none for having sunny days in any abundance), or both -- which I suspect is the case. However it still has 3 pitchers from this past late summer/fall, two of which are in excellent shape.

    Over the summer, I kept it outside on my balcony where it received mostly unfiltered sun from about 8am to 2pm.
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