Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 15:54:36 EST From: CMDodd@aol.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Message-Id: <aabcdefg3944$foo@default> Subject: Re: Osmocote and pitcher feeding
In a message dated 99-11-19 05:12:25 EST, you write:
<< In the colder weather with fewer insects, I've tried
feeding my outdoor Nepenthes by dropping a few pellets
of Osmocote into the pitchers. I thought perhaps the
slow release of nutrients would mimic the slow digestion
of insect prey.
I used Osmocote for Potting Mixes, which contains 17-6-10
plus minor nutrients. For larger plants and pitchers, I put
two or three of the little pellets in some pitchers. For
smaller plants, one little pellet only.
So far, it hasn't seemed to cause any harm - the pitchers
with the osmocote seem as healthy as those without - though
neither has it seemed to spur any dramatic bursts of growth.
I'm wondering if anyone else has tried this or has any
-- Chuck Bigelow
I had a very bad experience with Osmocote once. At the suggestion of a
friend who assured me that he had tried this on his own plants, I put a few
of the pellets into several Nepenthes pitchers. All of them died and in one
case the necrosis started working its way up the tendril toward the stem and
I had to remove the leaf. Maybe I was using a different formulation but I
never tried it again.
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