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By iAttorney
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Just wondering which is more effective on smaller plants, Q-tip or spray?
By SundewWolf
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How small are the plants and which fertilizer will you be using? I've been making MaxSea solutions and applying it with a dropper/pipette. Spraying will likely lead to algae buildup on the soil since it tends to cover a lot more than just the plant, also it could leach down into the soil and get to the roots. I've also tried Q-tips but mainly when I was feeding fish food powder to sundews. It works ok, but I still prefer the maxsea drops.
By iAttorney
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The plants are about an inch in diameter(one sarracenia seedling and one baby flytrap). I'm using 30-10-10
By Huntsmanshorn
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The more effective/easier is spray. The better option for flytraps is Q-tip for the reasons SundewWolf stated. If your growing other carnivores, like Nepenthes for instance, you could consider careful spraying.
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By evenwind
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tmann51 wrote:What are Maxsea drops?
Nothing exotic. Just dilute Maxsea fertilizer delivered with an eyedropper or pipette directly on the leaf.
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