(1) Where do nepenthes plants store their excess energy or do they only take what they need?
I know now that superthrive is not a fertiliser and is vitamins and hormones. (2) Would it be wise to supplement the nepenthes pitcher diet with this or other nutrient solutions instead of insects as it doesn't have to breakdown the insect to make its nutrients but instead it is readily available to the plant? Only a drop or whatever diluted factor according to the pitcher size because it says to use one drop per small cupfull.
(3) Will the digestive juices in the pitcher denature the nutrients in superthrive or will it readily absorb into the plant? (4) And if it does denature the nutrients a way to get around this is to maybe replace the liquid in the pitcher with a made up solution of superthrive and rainwater?
I have tried this a few times on a n.ventricosa in the last couple of months with no ill effects but have not seen any change in growth pattern to the plant....yet. Each consecutive leaf and pitcher is still larger than the previous. Although I've noticed better coloration in the pitchers compared to the previous ones or is this just a natural growth habit?
Any experience on this would be great.