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Thread: New pitcher has popped--do I feed it?

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    Thanks again, everyone.

    Well, a pitcher has just opened on one of my nepenthes. Very small, about an inch long, rosy throat--I *guess* it is mature (?).

    Do I feed this? Or does it open before it is ready to go and I should let it be? It doesn't seem to be dripping with nectar or anything. Can I toss in a little damp tubifex with a tweezers and wiggle it, or wait?

    Steve

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    No, don't feed it yet. If you do you may lose the pitcher as it is brand new and hasn't hardened off t the final point yet. Let it be for about 2-4 days. or longer, at maximum I would go 1 week then feed it personally. Then you are sure to not lose it.

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    NG is right, also what kind of nepenthes is it?

    my ventrosica is producing small pitchers ;[ its making me mad, maybe since its a highland but can live as lowland too the temps are too high or something

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    Ng is correct, don't feed the pitcher until it's at least a few days old (i.e. more than 3). You can tell if a pitcher is ready to "eat" by GENTLY squeezing it. If it feels really soft, leave it be for a few more days. This works great for most Nep species, but some, like mirabilis and its hybrids, have thin walled pitchers which makes it harder to tell their age.

    Joel

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    Thanks, everyone. I will wait until Tuesday.

    Stephano--
    I *think* its an x Judith Finn, thought it is anybody's guess. The pitcher is actually about 2 inches long, now that I look again. Growth has seemed to be pretty rapid, after a week of recovery from the shock of entering the terrarium--I've had it about 14 days, and I have a mature pitcher!

    I'll give it a tiny squeeze Monday. In goes the Tubifex, if the pitcher is ready.

    Steve

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    well if you look under the "Pics II!" post i posted 2 pics of judith finn

    judith fins usualy have a roundish leaves, and they grow sorta slow

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    Its probably not a Judith Finn if growth is rapid.. But I suppose the term is relative (I'm impatient). Mine has taken about 6 months to form its first 2" pitcher (also in the Pics!!! (Part II) thread, but I'm sure someone with more experience could accomplish the same in less time.

    As for feeding it.. You don't have to if you don't want to. You stand a good chance to help the plant, but probably an equal chance to accidentally kill the new pitcher, or overfeed it (which might make it stop producing pitchers). Its up to you of course. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    My pitchers are small too. But I was wondering what you feed them (ants?)? Also how do you know if you have acid inside the pitcher plant? Or do you add distilled water and stir it? Any special secrets to adding water to the inside of the pitcher?

    Thanks alot for your time,
    Travis

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