Hi, need some help again.
Situation: Plants not growing- not increasing, or even decreasing in diameter.
Truncata bought from MT in april, has produced 3 leaves, all of which are equal in size. pitchers have increased about 1cm every leaf
Rafflesiana BE-99 bought in late June, bare-root. Has been decreasing about 2cm for every new leaf produced, pitcher size, no change.
Merriliana, same from BE, leaf size decrease about 1cm, 1pitcher produced.
( numbering shows order in which leaves grew )
My growing conditions: I live in Singapore, tropical climate, humidity always above 65%, lighting is about 4hours direct sunlight, 3hours 50%-shaded sunlight, about 4-5 hours more shade. Potting media: cocopeat, LFS, perlite, charcoal, vermiculite, with very small amount of 'high peat content soil '
Singapore is 1 degree north, MT is 2 degrees north in Kuching.
MT supposedly uses 30-50% shading with 3-4 hours direct sunlight, I followed likewise, except the neighbouring houses block off several evening hours.
Humidity is never lower than 65%, nothing seems to be wrong with my potting mix except maybe slightly richer in nuitrients... I am quite worried because I put this off at first, saying acclimitizing... but now it seems its starting to get quite bad already. I need some help, especially from those who frequently import plants, is it really necessary to fertilize them? since I do not use fertillizers at all. I heard about superthrive to help bare-root plants develop root system, whatabout 30-10-10 foliar fertillizer solutions, are they a must?
oh, and the plants usually feed (literally) themselves, so I do not. Nitrogen or nitrates come from the amino acids from proteins from the prey right?