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    Young nepenthes food.

    Afternoon, terraforums. I have a very young n. ventricosa that I got from Lowe'. None of the pitchers are open yet, but when one does open I want to try feeding it some insects to speed up his growth. Any suggestions? Remember, these are really small, juvenile pitchers. Thanks.

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    Springtails, ants, and fungus gnats are all insects that small pitchers can be fed, or might even catch on their own. Betta fish pellets might also work, but I have never tried that. Another option is a fertilizer such as maxsea.

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    I use dried blood worms. They are small.

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    With younger plants, I would generally avoid feeding the pitchers; and, instead, use 1:4 strength 30:10:10 orchid fertilizer on the compost . . .
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    Second the blood worms. Cheap at the fish store, and you can break it down to powder if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBella View Post
    With younger plants, I would generally avoid feeding the pitchers; and, instead, use 1:4 strength 30:10:10 orchid fertilizer on the compost . . .
    What do you mean by on the compost?

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    He means the soil.

    I often add NPK pellets to the soil of my nep seedlings, but I believe a good water flow during watering is important when fertilising carns.

    Otherwise I normally add pellet fish food to my traps, 1 small 1-2mm pellet is enough for a 2cm trap, anymore and it can rot.

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    Thanks, this probably seems like a stupid question, but what kind of fish pellets do you give them? Saltwater, freshwater, betta pellets? Thanks.

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