Feeding small nepenthes and soil mix

From: Steve Hinkson (sphinkson@worldnet.att.net)
Date: Sun Aug 22 1999 - 03:25:35 PDT

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 03:25:35 -0700
From: Steve Hinkson <sphinkson@worldnet.att.net>
To: cp@opus.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <aabcdefg2991$foo@default>
Subject: Feeding small nepenthes and soil mix

Hi. I use a terrestrial orchid mix for mine. Nepenthes will do well
in any VERY fast draining mix that's a bit acid in reaction. The two
key ingredients are a form of sphagnum moss ( peat or whole) and a
drainage material. A Grower near me grows his Nepenthes in a 50% /
50% mix of lava rock and long-fibered sphagnum. He uses the same mix
for his orchids, I might add.
Mine are in a mix of fir bark, peat moss, and pumice. About equal

Foliar feeding is fine, just don't do it too strongly. If your leaves
are bigger than the last, on the juvenile plants, then they aren't in
great need, so mix the foliar spray at \274 strength.
If the new leaves are lighter, and smaller, then go for \275 strength for
the first time. Be sure to mist with pure water two or more times
between feedings to prevent a salt buildup that can brown the edges.


I've got two small N. lowii (3 cm) with 5-6 mm pitchers, and I wonder
how large they must be before they can be pitcher fed. Is there any
other methods that can be used successfully before that, foliar

I've read about a soil mix used by A. Wistuba which consists of one
each of Lecaton (clay-beads), Flora (peat) and Styropor (styrofoam). I

can't find the same brands, but I have found similar products, so now
wonder if anyone have used the mix with different brands than the ones


I have already planted one rooted cutting of N. ventricosa in my own
a couple of weeks ago and it seem to prosper, but then it's a hardy
species anyway.


Christer Berglund
E-mail: christer.berglund@amiga.pp.se

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