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By bcavanau
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I assume that Maxsea would boost growth for seedlings the same as grown plants. As I understand, misting Maxsea can cause unwanted growth of algae/mold.

Does anyone have any suggestions, or should I just skip it and stick to water/light and wait it out?

Thanks,
Brian
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By evenwind
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I use a syringe with a 32 gauge dispensing needle (no point) to create tiny droplets that are individually placed on the seedling's tentacles. Well, I try for just the tentacles but the drop usually covers the whole tip of the leaf. I do this selectively, no more one or two droplets per seedling. And only the larger seedlings - the ones that are stronger to start with.
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By MaxVft
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evenwind wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:50 pm I use a syringe with a 32 gauge dispensing needle (no point) to create tiny droplets that are individually placed on the seedling's tentacles.
Something Like this?

https://www.amazon.com/20-Pack-Dispensi ... B07VQ5VKG4
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By evenwind
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Something exactly like that.
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By bcavanau
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Thanks, that is what I do for my more mature plants, just wasn't looking forward to the tedious task of doing that with a few hundred seedlings :)
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By evenwind
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As I said, I cut down on the tedium because I don't try to fertilize each seedling. I've found by the time that they're 1/4" to 1/2", there are always a few that far larger than their pot mates. These are the ones I fertilize, adding to their genetic and/or superior physical placement in the pot. I know it seems counter-intuitive -why not fertilize the smaller ones to help them catch up? I used to do that and wound up with far too many plants taking up far too much space, far more than I could sell or giveaway. Of course, I'm not growing anything rare or expensive, so different rules could apply. But if I can raise 3 or 4 seedlings of a type to maturity, then I'm satisfied.
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By elaineo
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are these drosera seedlings? repotting + spacing them out will accelerate growth more than maxsea or feeding.
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By bcavanau
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Yes, mostly drosera, and some sarracenia....no dionaea have appeared yet.

Sarracenia were planted separately, and the drosera are way to small for me to re-pot with my eyesight and huge mitts :).
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By elaineo
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For sarrs, you can spray or water the roots with maxsea. Algae doesn't bother them, but can be controlled with elemental sulfur fungicide.
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By MaxVft
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evenwind wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:02 pm As I said, I cut down on the tedium because I don't try to fertilize each seedling. I've found by the time that they're 1/4" to 1/2", there are always a few that far larger than their pot mates. These are the ones I fertilize, adding to their genetic and/or superior physical placement in the pot. I know it seems counter-intuitive -why not fertilize the smaller ones to help them catch up? I used to do that and wound up with far too many plants taking up far too much space, far more than I could sell or giveaway. Of course, I'm not growing anything rare or expensive, so different rules could apply. But if I can raise 3 or 4 seedlings of a type to maturity, then I'm satisfied.
Ah, that's actually a really good idea! I was worried I wouldn't have enough room to individually hold each and every single baby :mrgreen:

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