I never fertilise mine and they are generally always full of prey during summer, so I don’t see a need. Our American friends tend to use Osmocote granular feed two or three pellets at a time in pots and dilute Maxsea as a purported rapid growth liquid feedfor seedlings. Not tried either myself so can’t really comment. Cheers Steve
It's always more prudent to begin with a weaker solution before advancing to the stronger dosages.
But i'm sure you'll find that these plants are heavy feeders and will respond well to supplemental fertilizing.
Steve, where you'll notice the biggest difference is with your seedlings - fertilizing them will also speed up your breeding program.
And those slow to grow complex hybrid crosses might perk up, pack themselves a lunch and put out more than their usual two or three pitchers per annum.
Plus, your newfound frenemy Mr. Blackbird and his accomplices, from the Wren Gang, in their neverending quest to provide nesting materials and food for their hungry broods, will now find it harder to dislodge, uproot and flail away the larger sized and well rooted rhizomes.
Give it a trial Steve, you'll be pleased with the results on your smaller and slower specimens.
Olde CP nuts never die - they just recommit themselves...
From what I’ve read, it’s a fine line between sufficient fertiliser for larger/more pitcher production and excess, (although still not full ‘standard’ plant concentration) creating mineral burn. Although I’ve seen nothing that can categorically assert that fertiliser causes additional phyloddia production it seems logical. Plus of course different fertilisers have different mineral contents so it depends on what you start with, and application type I.e. drench Vs foliar Vs slow release pellets. Hmmm more work required Cheers Steve
I had read that flava and leucophylla as well as their hybrids were known for making phyllodes, and my 'Judith Hindle' has both of those in her composition.
I had given her a few weak shots of fertilizer (the same dosage as i've been using on my bladderworts), and since she's flowered, has been making phyllodes, rather than full carnivorous pitchers.
Because i only have the one, i'm not sure if it is normal for phyllode growth to be promoted after flowering for 'Judith Hindle' or if in fact my short fertilizing protocol has brought forth those phyllodia aplenty.
The good news though, is that there are new growth points emerging from raher surprising places and in such numbers that it looks like someone just kicked an anthill, now teeming with red ants.
As a consequence, i've suspended any further trials this year, until this plant divides, and then a control plant will be available, to compare against any fertilized plants.