boarderlib wrote:Thank you chevyguy! That is a very informative article. Which brings me to a couple questions now. Should I attempt to feed the pitchers before I bag it, since it's such a small plant? Would it be best to wait a year or two to replant it since I didn't have the APS? Or should I just pick it up tomorrow and do it while it's still pretty shocked?
Thanks for your time and insight!
Yes, if you can get fertilizer into the small pitchers it will help, but, from experience, it can be hard to do that. I use small pipettes to do it and even then I have issues filling the pitcher with more than a drop. I suppose a small amount is better than none though.
Given that you have already repotted it into a good mixture you should be fine. I would just pay attention to the watering and keep it moist without drying out entirely, but not constantly saturated (i.e. standing in a lot of water) if you choose to not repot them for now. Mine grow well with strong root systems in either 100% dried Sphagnum
or a mix of dried and live Sphagnum
. Other plants (not Heliamphora
) that I have potted in mixes using APS do seem to do better than their counterparts in Sphagnum
only, but that is just my own observations. Repotting them again could risk root damage, but bagging them would give them time to adjust and grow new roots and pitchers. Also, as you have already pointed out, they are already stressed one way or another. Ultimately, it is up to you though. Despite their finicky reputation, given the right conditions most of the species and hybrids are easy to grow.