Nearly 40 years ago I was adding dilute fertiliser to juvenile pitchers using hypos. If the pitchers weren't that accessible I was injecting it through the lids. We're talking drops here. The plants utilised the fertiliser and it helped them increase growth rate. That regime didn't last too long, it's just not necessary and I'm not in that much of a hurry. Herc as I have explained in the past has such wide pitchers a Jumbo Jet could escape from them, so Herc really hasn't had a square meal for many many years. It doesn't stop him putting up flowers and pitchers annually so we'll just let him continue as is. I may throw in a Lily Beetle or two given the opportunity but that's all.
You must ask about the fun I had procuring the Hypos some time. I still have quite a stash.
BTW I use Hypos minus the needle for watering the mesembs. I know exactly how much each plant gets.
Now remember I'm using very small amounts in seedling Sarracenia pitchers so I started with small insulin syringes. I wanted to increase the size so I went to a local chemists and asked the price. They insisted that they couldn't sell me syringes and needles but they could give me some. I'd already told them what I wanted to use them for. Anyway I had to stand in the shop and was given a lecture on aids and the dangers of sharing needles. I then left with several years supply of free 5ml syringes and needles.
Several years later the same thing. I told them why I needed the syringes, they gave me a lecture on aids and sharing needles and I left. The difference this time was that I left with prepared 5 ml syringe and needle kits . I still have some of those.
I've also procured syringes of 20, 30 and 50ml which I use for watering the mesembs. Those I had to pay for though
To this day I have never shared a needle with my plants so some would declare that the lectures worked.
dvg: Nuances are lost on the uninitiated...
Sept 15, 2021 14:24:02 GMT
dvg: ...where the Ys are worn notwithstanding, there is a lot to consider - inside out, upside down, turned backwards, at halfmast, waistband rolled in or out, the tilt, and all of the combinations and permutations of these subtleties and others not mentioned
Sept 15, 2021 15:33:54 GMT
dvg: It's a lot to take in
Sept 15, 2021 15:34:27 GMT
dvg: It's truly saddening to me that we've made headlines due to an inept and unaccountable provincial government, paralyzed by politics...
Sept 15, 2021 16:42:32 GMT
fredg: The ones that could see me emigrated. The house is still empty for some reason
Sept 18, 2021 19:06:46 GMT
stevebooth: I trust the ceremony was more successful where you are, out of the 30-40mm of rain the infallible Beeb promised, with possible dangerous levels of flood wate, I’ve had 3mm. A decent amount for a woodlice bath, but not enough to water much.
Sept 19, 2021 9:02:50 GMT
fredg: It's looking promising Steve
Sept 19, 2021 9:54:23 GMT
fredg: What we really need is an all-nighter though
Sept 19, 2021 9:55:16 GMT
stevebooth: Too true the bogs are at the lowest level for the entire year, I don’t really want to get the RO out.
Sept 19, 2021 10:26:04 GMT
stevebooth: The suns out here now and blue skies on the horizon
Sept 19, 2021 10:26:46 GMT