feeding Nepenthes with mealworms


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Hello, apologies if this question has been answered before. Does anyone know whether dried mealworms like those sold for feeding birds would be suitable for feeding Nepenthes?

Thanks in advance Matwag:-)

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I cant see how it would be a problem, I feed the small collection I have with fish food flakes straight into the pitchers once a fortnight and they grow really well, I don't think any carnivorous plant is aware whats in its pitchers and they certainly have no control over their captures, they just catch and digest and I also think they have evolved to deal with a large range of different prey items, insects amphibians snails slugs woodlice mice rats and birds have all been caught by these plants, a certain nep whose name escapes me has developed a relationship with a tree shrew where the nep now feeds on the shrews poo,

try a very small amount in 1 pitcher of one plant and wait and see, any issues will be expressed in the pitcher and the leaf its attached to,

im willing to bet the leaf goes a deeper shade of green and the pitcher looks more vibrant, if that's the case after a week or so, establish a routine and stick to it, also vary the food as well, your local fish shop will sell blister packs of frozen bloodworm (midge larvae) I use these defrosted and chopped on everything cp you could name except pings.

hope this helps

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I use them and have done for years. Both for seedlings and adults.

 when the seedling pitcher is too small for even the smallest Meal Worm, I extract the column of dried blood from their centre and pop that into a pitcher - works wonders for very small seedlings.

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Hello, thanks for your replies, I think I'll give it a go as the Nepenthes are in an enclosed space so can't catch their own food, I'd tried feeding some Nepenthes years ago with something called can o crickets from a reptile shop once which were supposedly small crickets preserved in their own juices but these rotted the pitchers very quickly even though I only added tiny amounts and the crickets didn't contain any additional additives .

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I have snails rotting in my purps outside, one smells so bad ive called it theon because it reeks!

I went out and had a good sniff in one of my 1litre pitchers with several snails in the bottom, yes it whiffs a bit if you stick your nose in the mouth of the pitcher, cant smell much in the greenhouse generally though, maybe because the autovents are open a lot these days. Pretty much whatever you feed in if its a bit meaty is going to whiff, mealworms included.

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I have snails rotting in my purps outside, one smells so bad ive called it theon because it reeks!

XS5LK.gif  haha :D

 

as to the question of the thread, mealworms are AOK in my books, though they are a bit big for smaller plants so I tend to favour bloodworms crumbled into the pitchers instead.

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