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    hi i'm from finland and i have a vft and a couple of nepenthes hybrides

    when you feed your nepenthes with fruit flies...
    do you grow them yourselves? and how do you grow them, because they are so small and i think that only a few of them won't be enough for the big pitcher plants. can they be bought from petshops or something like that?

    and can nepenthes digest plantparts like leafs that fall into the pitcher? are they any good for the plant?

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    Ok, most people do NOT grow the flies themselves, as i think that it is kinda hard to do so. They can be bought from pet shops (at least here in the U.S. i don't know about Finland). They are definitely enough to feed the plants, especially if there are a lot of bugs. Eventually (depending if you have an ant problem or not), you will get some ants wandering in to the pitchers. Those who survive tell the queen about the 'wonderful nectar' and voila! Lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, dinner, breakfast, and so on, come to the plant for you. This happens more if they are grown outside, or in a greenhouse.

    I don't know if plant matter is unhealthy for the plants, but i'm mostly sure that it cannot be digested. I do think that i will take up space in the pitcher that would otherwise hold precious food though, and that's bad.

    BTW, i have another name as NepenthesMaster.

    Welcome to the forums fromFinland, i hope i was of some help.
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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    I think that plant matter can be digested to an extent.
    In fact, some have postulated that N. ampullaria has evolved to catch whatever falls into it's pitchers from above. One person did a study of pitcher contents(I wish I remember who and where that article was) and ampullaria pitchers seem to have mostly detritus in those locations.

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    I found a $7 can of freeze-dried crickets in the reptile section of the petstore that was packed so full of them I think they're even cheaper than the live ones. Much easier to feed. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (The Griffin @ Mar. 06 2005,8:00)]In fact, some have postulated that N. ampullaria has evolved to catch whatever falls into it's pitchers from above.
    You know they think that the upper N. lowii pitchers are adapted to catch bird poop? Fun!
    ~Joe
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    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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    I heard about the ant thing once and I used to have a colony under one of my x ventratas. Now I just let them catch ladybugs, as we have so many it is hard not to feed my CPs. And without actually doing anything, too!

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    May I please have the source on this,
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]You know they think that the upper N. lowii pitchers are adapted to catch bird poop?
    If you don't remember it that's fine. I know how these little facts float around in one's head and then pop out.

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    One food that should be easy to use would be found in any fish store called carnivore food sticks. They are large but can be broken up and dissolve easily when wet. I feed them to my Bichirs and occasionally my catfish. They are the best for my nasty fish, they have a balance of all the necessary nutrients.

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