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    Venus Flytrap Fertilizing?

    Hello, everyone, I am Plant Planter, and (surprise!) I have another question which I have not had success finding consistent answers for. (I have so many questions. )
    Can I fertilize my Venus Flytrap (in any way, shape, or form), and if so, with what?
    You see, my lovely typical Venus flytrap is creating a lovely flower stalk that is so far about three inches tall, and I, being who I am, decided to let it flower and see what happened. Unfortunately, my flytrap receives no nutrition whatsoever other than from a 16-hour-long photoperiod each day. Would this impact my plant negatively, and if so, could I avoid the side effects of flowering with a diluted fertilizer?
    Quick stats on my plant:
    Photoperiod: 16 hours per day under a cool yellow fluorescent bulb.
    Water: Tray method utilizing rainwater shared with my other plants.
    Humidity: Very low, probably about 10%.
    Media: 100% peat moss.
    Coloration: Moderately dark pink.
    Trap size: Medium-large at first but only medium now.
    Nutrition choices: Light.
    I greatly would appreciate any facts, opinions, or personal anecdotes about fertilizing these magnificent plants!
    (End of 5-minute abnormal formality. )
    Last edited by Plant Planter; 04-16-2013 at 01:50 PM.

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    I spray fertilize mine, but it won't be enough to make up for the flowering.

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    Try fertilizing with insects in the traps?
    Last edited by Maiden; 04-17-2013 at 09:26 AM.

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    I can't speak for adult plants or your particular situation as my plants are just a few years old and seed grown. However, I've been using mild doses of maxicrop seaweed extract for my youngsters and it makes a dramatic change in their growth rate. It's been safe for me - just a little bit every now and then. Afterwards I water from above for a little while and go back to tray method.

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    Okay, I've super-diluted some Miracle-Gro fertilizer in distilled water and put it in my plant's trays. I guess now I'll just wait and see what happens. It probably will help my "Cupped Trap" plant more than any, since that one is the smallest and youngest.

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    Just the thought of Miracle Grow with a VFT makes me cringe. I hope it works out for you, it sounds like too much TLC.

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    I'm a bit worried too. Miracle-Gro makes some pretty strong fertilizers. I sure hope I diluted it enough. I think I did. It was maybe a sixth of a teaspoon dissolved in maybe one and a half or two cups of distilled water, not to mention that I just put a few syringefuls of it into the water my plants already had in the tray. I think that's enough. Time to sit back and wait for the effects.

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    I spray fine mist mine with Maxsea 16-16-16 once a week with no problems. Thats me, all growing conditions are different. I don't grow them in terrariums. Dilute as needed. As with all fertilizers do research if not sure dilute. To little is always better than to much.

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