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  • They catch lots of insects on their own and I don't suppliment.

    57 20.80%
  • They infrequently catch insects and I don't suppliment.

    32 11.68%
  • They are not able to catch insects and I don't suppliment.

    11 4.01%
  • I regularly put food into the pitchers.

    89 32.48%
  • I use liquid fertilizer sprayed onto the leaves.

    14 5.11%
  • I use fertilizer at the root zone (liquid or slow release).

    12 4.38%
  • I drench the entire plant with fertilizer.

    9 3.28%
  • I feed the pitchers AND use fertilizer on the leaves or roots.

    50 18.25%
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    How often do you feed them? The ones I have outside (which is none right now because the weather has been terrible) catch alot on their own, from ants to wasps to even some rather large bumble bees. The ones I have indoors get fed once per month with mealworms and crickets as well as sprayed monthly with diluted Epiphyte's Delight as recommended in The Savage Garden.

    They do well on this regiment but one always wonders if they can do better. Any thoughts?

    Steve

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    Try egg water - some calcium might give a little extra kick.
    And, re: why you leave it in the sun, I think it's not just the warmth but the ultraviolet and/or infrared radiation that helps loosen up the minerals from the eggshell, and perhaps the vitamins in sunlight as well. Think about the way that sun tea tastes different from iced tea, or tea made with boiling water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (seedjar @ May 25 2005,7:19)]... and perhaps the vitamins in sunlight as well....
    Joe, there aren't any vitamins in sunlight. It's strictly energy. Vitamin D is produced in our skin by a reaction between sunlight and the chemicals/pigments that make up our tan. This is over simplified but it's the best I could remember it.
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    If any plant responds to any form of fertilizing, then do it! Nepenthes in the wild get hundred times more insects than what we seem to have in our yard. Supplementing them only increases better more uniform growth.
    In cultivation of plants (horticulture) we use the best methods to increase productivity. There are two schools of cultivation. One is natural (defined as insects for all food sources) and the other is artificial (or supplemental feeding). If we water "artificially" we should also feed (fertilize) "artificially" as well too! Or just move to Sumatra or Borneo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (BigCarnivourKid @ May 26 2005,10:37)]
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (seedjar @ May 25 2005,7:19)]... and perhaps the vitamins in sunlight as well....
    Joe, there aren't any vitamins in sunlight. It's strictly energy. Vitamin D is produced in our skin by a reaction between sunlight and the chemicals/pigments that make up our tan. This is over simplified but it's the best I could remember it.
    Ah, I see... that's what you get for listening to public service announcements, I guess. ;P That whole vitamins in light thing never made much sense to me... I can see hydrogen ions making it from the sun to the Earth, or like helium or something, but aren't vitamins complex molecules, or at least diatoms? Maybe the vitamins come from the upper atmosphere or something...? Now I'm just grasping at straws.
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    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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    Your body needs sunlight to synthesize vitamin D. The light itself doesn't bring any vitamins.
    There's no 'a' in perlite.

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    I would not recommend you leave the bottle in your car. Incase it spills. Then you have rotten egg smelling car. I'm not sure it would be that strong but it might. Th stuff outside has really taken off. Actually jsut the plants with pitchers so far. It has rained a couple times and they get plenty of bugs. Bugs must have something that fertilizers lack.

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