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    I give to my nepenthes ants, i catch some from the neighbours yard (they just spray my to kill undesire bugs, fire ants, some kind of mutant huge kind of roaches)... im thinking to start using fish food, especific the Betta Splendens fish food, the pellets are really small and the main diet in nature Bettas is almost exclusively on insects and insect larvae, so the food is balanced to provide the proper nutrients to emulate this.

    N. Albomarginata, N. Ampullaria
    N. Bellii, N. Bicalcarata, N. Rafflesiana
    N. Sanguinea (Orange Pitcher), Cephalotus Follicularis
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    Don't bother with fish food, just fertilize!

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    well....I just randomly feed my neps based on the bugs that fly into my room attracted to the lights at night. I have noticed nice growth spurts in miranda. I fed mine with 2 yellow jackets and the one pitcher became 8 in a course of just 2 months. fantastic growth rate. But..now no more pitchers form as I have been burning the pitcher tips as they rest on top of the light and burn out.

    I have finally fed my ramispina a nice small fly. Hope it shows an effect. it has undergone a lot of stress and stopped making pitchers as I :

    - CRUSHED it
    - moved the tiny stem around
    - disturbed it by adding more surface sphagnum which is growing insanely fast and already drowning the pitchers.
    - CRUSHED IT UNDER A CARDBOARD piece.

    so yeah...its doing great. lol. finished opening a leaf. I am just hoping that it resumes pitcher growth. Made only 3 so far.

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    don't bother with wierd orchid 10-20-whatever fertilizer, just use fish food!

    ramispina is easy, It'll be fine.

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    Only a person who's never tried fertilizing, or one that did it incorrectly, would ever say that.

    Try it and you'll notice it's much better.

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    personally though....I am tempted to foliar feed my rajah since it has no pitchers. However, I rather wait a while before fooling around with it as its only been 4 months since I got it. I will wait a few more months and see if it gets around to making any pitchers.

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    Alright I have a question for those who foliar feed.

    If I have a Nepenthes (which I do) with no pitchers wouldn't spraying it with the foliar feed provide it with enough nutrients to not need to make pitchers and thus making it "concentrate" on producing more leaves as apposed to traps?

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    No, that doesn't happen. It can make larger, fuller leaves (which are actually an extension of the petiol. The pitcher is the modified leaf) but that goes hand in hand with larger pitchers and stronger stems.

    Foliar feed until you get pitchers, then I just pour the fertilizer-water directly in the pitcher. You can root feed if you can water heavily and often. I can't water often enough to prevent salt build up.

    Oh yeah, don't fertilize the media if you've got a lot of LFS. It breaks it down and turns it slimy and gross. Start fertilizing at a quarter strength to build your confidence.

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