Re: Nepenthes feeding

Date: Sat Jul 03 1999 - 14:44:50 PDT

Date: Sat, 3 Jul 1999 17:44:50 EDT
Message-Id: <aabcdefg2459$foo@default>
Subject: Re: Nepenthes feeding

In a message dated 99-07-03 04:57:11 EDT, you write:

<< Too much food! Your Nepenthes trap has indigestion. Try putting it on a
 1-cricket diet.
 - Carl
 On Fri, 2 Jul 1999, Wilson wrote:
> The newest trap turned brown and dying way faster than the older traps
> after I fed it like 3 crickets. Is that normal?
> Wilson:)

Dear Wilson,

     I agree with Carl, a little at a time is better than too much all at
once. One other problem is feeding insects to a trap too soon after it
opens. Give it a week or too after fully opening to mature and harden off so
you don't damage the trap.

     I am more convinced then ever that pitcher feeding has merit. About two
months ago I pitcher fed every plant I have. While growth was not uniform
among the various species, some plants have shown a four-fold growth in leaf
size! I just froze another batch of crickets today and hope to feed the
plants later. (Don't forget to thaw first!)


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