It is finally beginning to look like spring here in Zone 5! I’ve been slowly increasing the amount of time the T5-HO lights are on. In addition I’ve been feeding my plants ONLY using Maxsea 16-16-16 fertilizer (I use 1 teaspoon per gallon of low TDS water, and apply it once or twice a month via foliar feeding in a spray bottle…Trying not to let too much get onto the soil surface as that is known to encourage algae & moss growth). I’ve tried 1/2 tsp per gallon in the past, however the plants didn’t show any signs that they’ve been fed. Using 1 tsp per gallon causes the plants to curl as if they’ve just caught prey and seems to be working well.
Over the winter the plants in my basement growrack have survived temperatures that fluctuate between 64F during the day and drop to approx 50-55F overnight. These temps are slowly increasing as the weather improves. I anticipate the basement will remain cooler and provide a nice comfortable growing environment for my plants during the hottest of summer days.
Without further ado here are some updates! Many of my sundews are producing flower stalks. My nepenthes are putting out new pitchers, and for the first time ever my D. scorpiodes has produced gemmae that I’ve harvested & sown onto fresh media.