- Thu Jun 03, 2021 1:27 pm
For me, it depends on a couple of factors.
Last year, with my big ventricosa, I put a single large Osmocote pellet once a month in each pitcher that had started drying up at the top. But only those drying ones. Once the bugs came out, I stopped all chemical fertilizer and let Mother Nature do her thing. I may have helped by stuffing the pitchers with Japanese Beetles and June Bugs.
This year I have two small Lady Lucks, so they have been getting a foliar spray of Maxsea (1/4 tsp per gallon of water) every two weeks. One of the Ladies has put out a pitcher big enough that I'll start putting the Maxsea into the pitcher with a syringe, filling it about halfway. I don't want to do too much because it's still small, and I want it to produce more pitchers. I have had Neps skip making pitchers for a few leaves with chemical fertilizers, but with the bugs, each new leaf put out a pitcher.
Essentially, people do what they feel is best with fertilizer, you should too. However, the big thing that everyone does is observe how the plant reacts and adjust accordingly. Could I fertilize more? Sure, but I don't see a need. Could others fertilize less? Also sure, but their plants are doing well, so they see no reason to change their routine.
My suggestion would be to start small. Get some Maxsea as a bonus with your next seed bank request (if you already haven't) and mix up a gallon. Start by filling one pitcher and see how your plant reacts. Next month, try two pitchers, and so on. If it looks like the plant doesn't like it, stop. But with 1/4 tsp per gallon, you shouldn't have any problems.
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that I make bad decisions.