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I have an Aphrodite Butterwort that looks really good.  I have had it for several years and last year I re-potted it into a 4 inch pot.  Now it spans the width of the pot.  Ihave it sitting under a Burpee grow light with the light on for 12 to 15 hours a day.  I water the plant when the soil starts to feel dry.  My question is how do I get it to bloom?  It hasn't bloomed in a couple of years and although it is a pretty plant I remember it having a pretty bloom that I would like to see again.

Hi Patricia,

If you're not seeing much in the way of insect capture, it's time to feed the plant.  Try spraying the leaves with a 1/4 strength orchid fertilizer once every two weeks.  Just lightly mist the leaves with it.  This will often help them bloom.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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