Hi Apoplast, it's a sure bet that most CPs make use of springtails at some point in their growth and development since springtails are reported to have some of the largest biomasses of any other living creatures here on our planet.
After reading through parts of that seed germination book you recommended here previously, I have an increased respect and admiration for plant's strategies to ensure their survival with their seed germinating secrets.
Hey! I'd be interested to know the name of that book
Very sweet Ping babies you have there by the way! Do you breed springtails in activated charcoal and with yeast as food, like some dartfrog keepers do?
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I sometimes use Dwarf tropical woodlice or white tropical woodlice (Trichorhina tomentosa) in young Nepenthes pitchers. I assume their calcium carbonate exoskeleton might be a plus, since they're crustaceans. Can't say if they provide any edge over other food items as far as nutrition goes, but they're rather slow moving and very easy to raise in numbers. I should test them on my Mexican ping this summer when she'll have carnivorous leaves. I suppose Mexican pings growing in a non-calcareous mix would benefit from an intake of calcium from their preys, although I have no idea if they really can assimilate it in this form...?
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dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5