BioGold: My Nepenthes' Saviour. *
The fertiliser comes in the form of triangular prisms that smell of ammonia and rotting fish. *We (Steve LaWarre (of Frederik Meijer Gardens) and I)wondered whether Nepenthes would benefit from this weak, organic fertiliser. *The only concern we had was that of pitcher production, which usually ceases (as we all know)when a Nep is fed the wrong way. *
Some time later, after having applied BioGold to several N. rafflesiana plants, we found that the new growth was almost twice as large and healthy, as well as the pitchers. *So at this point, I went around the collection with a handful, plopping just one piece on the growing medium for each Nep that seemed to need it. *All the plants that have received this treatment have increased in size and vigor. *Pitcher production has increased and it's amazing. *So far, all the plants I grow have responded wonderfully! *The only drawback is the green algae, but this doesn't even seem to bother germinating Nepenthes.
I have also found that the fertiliser helps boost the size of a 4" mature plant to it's proper size and vigor. *So if i find a plant that seems slightly retarded in growth, I give it a shot and sit back. *My N. merrilliana was one of my slowest growers at 3", and now it is double that size after two new leaves, and is raging.
I believe a nursery in Texas supplies the US with BioGold. *If anyone is to get any, purchase the most basic one (Original), which is what Steve LaWarre and I use.