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Thread: Feeding your nepenthed fresh blood.

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    I normally feed my neps wax worms, meal worms, and the occasional koi pellet crushed up.

    I was wondering if fresh blood would be ok to feed neps and if it would be benifitial to them. Or if it would just kill the pitcher. Now when I say blood I mean fresh blood not some blood that been sitting around for awhile like at a butcher shop. I'm talking like freshly drawn blood from say, I don't know...ME. Now I'm willing to give it a try but I want to know first if blood is even digestable by nepenthes or if it will just rot the trap.

    Now I know it will be hard but please try and refrain from "Little shop of horrors" joke/puns anicdotes......I'm dead serious.

    Also do you know of anyone else that has tried this?
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    I haven't heard of this actually being done (yet). But in those dark hours when I can't sleep weird thoughts cross my mind and I've thought of it too. My GF has diabetes and I could just swipe a finger sticker thing and get a drop of blood out... but then I figure crickets are cheap! Plus, I need all my blood so I can be fresh to go to work and pay my high summer power bills for them highlanders...! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]

    I do remember a long time ago reading up on the VFT board about some guy put some calluses or a scab or something that he cut off his feet into a VFT to see what it would do. Aparently it sort of digested some of it... the dude took pics and everything. Maybe that post is still up there?

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    well I can easily draw blood from myself as I has my "ways" in which I could quite literally take about 20ml's and be somewhat 'ok'


    So do you think if I did it the neps would be happy? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]
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    It isn't fair to post something like this and not allow us to joke about it.
    Bruce in CT

    Madness is something rare in individuals but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Well, in all seriousness, the worst thing for you is that continually taking blood / bleeding yourself can lead to Anemia. That is (in part) your body may develop an inability to absorb iron efficiently or at all which is definately not a good thing. Anemia can lead to B12 deficiency which leads to continued fatuigue and easier contraction of Mononucleosis.

    As far as the plant goes, one drop or two may not do too much harm as long as it is deposited directly into the fluid, not on the sides. Blood is nutrient rich and will likely stain the pitcher with a black spot and then fungus where the blood droplet landed.

    I fed my plants blood worms, which are mosquito larvae who have heimoglobin in their systems (which makes them "blood red"). They were too rich for the plant and rotted the pitchers I put them in. However, they were young plants with 2-3" pitchers and not something large and sturdy like my N. Miranda pitcher or a big N. truncata pitcher.

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    well the means in which I would "harvest" blood from my self definatly doesn't include cutting, smalling, or breaking of the skin. Also since I only feed my plants every one to two weeks. I don't think the amount of blood I'd be loosing would lead to any kind of anemia since it would be only about at the most 5 ml's (5cc's). But I am flattered for your concern and is a good warning to those that are so inclined to try it that can't as easily draw blood from themselves as I can [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    So basicaly feeding plants blood would be like feeding them milk. Don't let it touch the pitcher walls only droping it directly into the picther fluid and on using alittle but at a time.

    I think I may try doing a 3 or 4 week experiment with this.... I'll get back to ou guy once I devise the experment parameters...
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    Now this is devotion. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    BLOOD? that much??!

    ok you've lost it... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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