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    I know that we should not fertilize dionaea especially due to weak and sensitive root. However, could we use 'leaves fertilizer' instead of 'soil fertilizer'? We may use swap method not spray method for application to avoid media contamination.
    Have anyone ever try it?

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    I fertilize all of my CPs.

    Most of the ones with larger filiform leaves, I spray it on.

    However the ones with lowlying leaves such as Dionaea and Pingucula, I just put a few drops on the leaves every one to two weeks.

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    Dave, thank you for your enlightment. I will try to fertilize my dionaea too... :)

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    Hmm... From my research and experiance, I can say that Dionaea don't need any kind of fertilization. I have read that they can take very small amounts of diluted fertilizer, but I have never read about the effects of "leaves fertilizer" being applied.
    As long as they are getting lots of sunlight in the growing season, eat a bug once and a while, go through dormancy properly, have a change of growing medium after dormancy, and are watered properly they will do fine.

    Why are you considering "leaves fertilizer"? Is there some problem with your plants' growth rate? Coloration? Trap size? Etc.?
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    Trap size is the issue. I want get greater trap... :;):
    Note: my dionaea has been adapted to tropical condition. It has no dormancy time, it will green forever...

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    how long have you kept them under those coditions?

    That might be the reason why they have small traps, because just like us, plants need to "sleep".

    You can take all of the pills and vitamins you want, but if you don't sleep ever, then you'll get sickly and die, and it's no different for your Dionaea muscipula

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    agreed. your going to kill it! those small traps are from lack of rest. if you dont change the conditions...say good-by to your VFTs. fertilizer wont help a VFT anyways. not by making its traps bigger anyway.
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    They don't need it. Before I moved all my temperates to the edge of our lake I fertilized everything, though. I used half strength orchid fertilizer and misted it all over the leaves. Now they catch enough bugs that i'm lucky to see an open trap. Ever see a D. filiformis that's black with gnats? It's pretty nasty when you have to dig one up for a trade!

    PS... sorry to anyone who has recieved a D. filiformis from me hehehe....

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