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  1. Since we're discussing nutrients, I might mention my old fertilizer regimen that I used for Nepenthes (everything besides pitcher feeding, of course). I'm admittedly much lazier about my plants these days, so things aren't fed quite like they used to be, but this always worked well. I would use 1/4 teaspoon per gallon of Grow More urea-free orchid fertilizer (20-10-20) (or the kelp-based Maxsea all-purpose that so many rave about) as a root drench every two weeks (I feel this dilution can be made significantly more concentrated for myrmecophytes), flushing a day or two later, and then I would
  2. Striving towards Andreas' beautiful plant above, here are some seedlings I am currently growing atop a pot shared with N. albomarginata. I received these as seeds from Jay sometime ago, and they seem to do be doing well enough so far. Germination was 100%, so I have a few others scattered about in different locations. Myrmephytum beccarii by Aspidistra Flier, on Flickr
  3. Hi Jeff, Kanuma is an altogether different material than akadama. It is much softer, porous, and holds a surprising amount of water. If you lightly squeeze one pebble between your fingers, it will crumble into a fine dust not dissimilar from diatomaceous earth. I would consider akadama more of an aggregate used in conjunction with kanuma. Jay, I was wondering at what dilution you use chelated iron as a drench for your plants? I use laterite quite often as an aggregate for species that are found in and around ultramafic bedrock, specifically those with a lateritic top layer. I began this wit
  4. Thanks, Todd. I'm still using the media you provided with the seedlings you brought to the last plant meeting. It also works very well, albeit a bit more on the aggregate side. I'll need to bring you a bag of this "kanuma" stuff so you can see the difference. It's pretty interesting stuff.
  5. I have been growing my plants, as well as all other myrmecophytes in my care, in a "kanuma" mix, sometimes with the addition of laterite or other aggregate. These plants seem to do very well in this medium, as I have seen time and again their roots penetrating them. As the medium is lacking in nutrients, fertilizer is always beneficial. Here is a small seedling of M. lamii growing in said media. Myrmecodia lamii by Aspidistra Flier, on Flickr
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