Carnivorous Plant Fertilizer – Makes 24 Gallons – MaxSea – 16-16-16 – Carnivorous Plant Food (2 tablespoons)
Dilute 1/4 teaspoon of MaxSea to a gallon of water to fertilize most carnivorous plants. Foliar spray Nepenthes, Sarracenia, Venus flytraps, terrestrial and epiphytic Utricularia and many sundews every 3-4 weeks. Byblis can be sprayed weekly (at night). Sarracenia under 2 years of age can have a little MaxSea sprayed into the pitchers. Older Sarracenia do better without the addition of fertilizer, according to Matt Soper. They eat more and are more colorful, when they are hungry and catch their own food as adults, he says. New pitchers on Nepenthes can also have a splash of diluted MaxSea added. Wait 3-4 days until the pitchers are fully open to add the fertilizer. If cell walls are not fully formed, burning may occur, but the next set of pitchers will be more robust. We only add a little to each pitcher one time. We then wait for the next pitcher to add more internally. The exterior of the leaves can still get foliar sprayed every 3-4 weeks regardless of pitchers.
For new acquired pitcher plants (Nepenthes, Sarracenia, Cephalotus, Heliamphora etc) that have recently traveled, add a little distilled water to the empty pitchers if their digestion enzymes have splashed out during the shipping process.
We do not recommend fertilizing a stressed plant.
Other Fertilizer Options:
For small Nepenthes 1-2 slow release Osmocote pellets 14-14-14 can be added to each new pitcher. For larger Nepenthes you can go up to 4-5. Up to 10 can be added if they are a species or hybrid with rigid pitchers (like the ones the shrews use as a toliet).
Schultz Cactus Fertilizer is recommended for Mexican and temperate Pinguicula.