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    Could you give the plants fewer pellets, and be able to water it less often?

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    Nathaniel,

    I use about 8 pellets per 3" pot. Any fewer than this and there is a real risk of not giving the plants the correct ratio of nutrients. I'm informed that Osmacote pellets are not identical. Some contain the Nitrogen, some the Potassiuim and Some the Phosphorous. Others may contain the Magnesium Oxide and others the trace elements. This may well be so, since the pellets have slightly different colors Therefore, even using 8 pellets per pot, there's a little chance of my plants getting nutrieints in the ratio 10:11:18 + 2 MgO. All I can say is that it works for me.
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    Great! I may try some osmocote on cuttings that I can spare or a rajah offshoot when the next batch of offshoots is ready to come off in a few months.

    Wow Rob, I'll bet you jumped a bit when you saw those baby rats! I used fruitflies but only in a terrarium.

    For you who grow in terrariums and want to do the pot flush and use fertilizers you can do it if you leave your plants in their pots and not bury them in soil. Then you can take them out and put them on a slotted shelf over a 5 gallon pail and water through the pot that way. I combine twice monthly Urea Free 30-20-20 liquid orchid fertilizer (I think It's Growmore brand but I can't remember offhand) + balanced liquid micronutrients and feeding crickets as well as 2-4 times weekly pot flushes with R/O water this way. I rarely use Superthrive because I don't notice a real increase in growth by using it. I do use it when making 1-2 node cuttings, but that may be more superstition than anything else...! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    my tank is really hard to get plants in and out of, as it is, I am worried that in a few months the only way to move some of them will be to chop them up for cuttings... it's a 1 piece acrylic tank, so it's got access 'ports' cut out on top, but I can't just reach in and move plants around...

    though, I am getting ready to re-do my substrate, it's a year and a half old, and I want to re-fresh it...

    guys I also want to caution the more inexperienced growers and new to growing people, fertilization CAN be done, but it is best I think to wait for a little experience, one wrong dosage and your neps will have burned roots... so exercise with caution.
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    And burned roots equal what ladies and gentlemen? *everyone thinks* A dead or near death nepenthes!

    Might I also add to Steve comments about fertilization, we are growing these plants in a virtually nutrient free media so every now and then with a shot of fertilizer would benifit them but exercise caution as always when fertilizing ANY plant. I personally don't fertilize but use plant enhancers myself.

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    Rob, i just got this sample pack of Schultz multi cote 18-6-12 time release 9 months all purpose plant food in the mail today is this safe to use on the plants
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    George,

    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] No fertilizer is necessarily safe! As others have warned, burned roots are a real risk and feeding the pitchers with suitable prey is probably best. Do be careful if you are experimenting with Osmacote and only use a little. I've only been able to tell you what works for me here in the tropics with twice daily watering. Many growers are using terrarium conditions and root feeding is probably dangerous since salt buid up and attacks by fungi and other pathogens are much more likely in stagnant conditions.

    As to the type of Osmacote, (or Shultz multi-cote which I assume has similar release properties), we experimented with a lot of different compositions. All of them worked to a greater or lesser extent, but ones containing trace elements and particularly Magnesium (in the form of 2% MgO) worked best.

    Do be careful and I strongly suggest you don't try it on any valuable plants. If you use it, sprinkle it on the top of the pot and water coiously from above every day. That way you can remove the pellets if things go wrong. Don't mix it in with the media, it doesn't yield any better results that way and any ill-effects are difficult to reverse.

    Oh, and by the way, don't try putting any directly into pitchers. We did, the pitchers die. We documented the results quite thoroughly!

    Good Luck!
    Rob Cantley
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    Rob, thanks for the info i just checked the packet and magnesium is at 1.00%. belive me i will not try it on any of my
    valuable plants. i got a couple of hybrids i can try it out on. most of my plants are outside here in florida. with getting watered/ mist in the morning then mist once again at night. like you said i will only put it on the serface just in case i do have to pick it out.
    George McKay

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