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    nepenthes species wanted+ advice needed

    Tissue culture. You can buy plants propagated in vitro for much cheaper. On down side, plants will be small and they need to be acclimatized carefully (research, research, research). May not be best to start with, but a good option for expanding collection once you have some experience. Yes...
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    nepenthes species wanted+ advice needed

    Good point on the lowii. Also it is expensive. I am growing them, but right now I can't call them robustly acclimatized (can't call them that without a full year, including blazing summer survived well). They do pitcher (stingily for now). Burbidgeae definitely pitchers. But then I have also...
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    nepenthes species wanted+ advice needed

    "Cyclic timer" is your friend.
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    nepenthes species wanted+ advice needed

    Anything under 18-20C gets lowlanders moody. The BRIEF excuse for winter I get sees my bicals pause for a bit. And the worst possible here is around 16C excluding some extreme event. More usually 18-20C. Maxima family sounds like a good start. They make attractive pitchers and grow in pretty...
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    nepenthes species wanted+ advice needed

    I think a bigger problem is that your winter nights won't make lowlanders happy and rest of the year won't make intermediate/highlanders happy. My gut feel is that it is going to be harder to get lowlanders to survive very cold winters than it will be to get intermediates/highlanders to survive...
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    Mystery Nepenthes not pitchering

    Sometimes neps don't pitcher. Can be a season thing, or it wants more light (different plants have different needs), or it is putting its energy elsewhere or something else. I often have plants that will stop pitchering for a while, then resume. Other plants don't pitcher well on vines (think...
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    nepenthes species wanted+ advice needed

    Some thoughts: - Grow outdoors or in a breezy balcony. The plants you want will outgrow terrariums fast - you'll end up air conditioning a room or a good part of it and then heating it a lot with lights and then paying electricity bills. - For a fraction of that cost, you could set up a...
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    Anyone have rajah x veitchii?

    Update. After newer pitchers, I've started suspecting this is either a burbidgeae x robcantleyi or veitchi x something else (someone suggested platychila), but not rajah x veitchii.
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    How slow is N. macrophylla?

    Why is it that stuff the heart really wants is the stuff that's hardest. lol Update on my macrophylla: -________ Yep. Nothing. The tiny leaf and nub status remains. If I stare really hard, maybe the nub is bigger. Two other seedlings have nothing or maybe hints of nubs between the cotyledons...
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    What to expect when you get seeds from fleabay

    Also, I suspect the fraud happens in more rare species. So far, the seed grown nepenthes I have where I can make out enough that the seed was labeled right is a rafflesiana. Not a lot of incentive to sell bogus seeds for that. I may change my tune if my "seed grown macrophylla" that so far seems...
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    What to expect when you get seeds from fleabay

    All I mean to say is that as long as I am getting seeds that look about right for the species and they are germinating, at least for now, it is good enough for me. I also admitted that once I have more plants, I may not appreciate getting common seeds for something exotic I buy. "Authentic"...
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    How to protect nepenthes seedlings from geckos?

    Turned out it wasn't the geckos doing damage, but probably a snail. I saw a tiny one on a night raid after the covered seedlings also seemed to decrease in numbers. Immediate measures taken - I found some snail bait online, spread it as soon as it arrived. Magically, the seedling damage has...
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    What to expect when you get seeds from fleabay

    TBH for me, an "aristolochioides" seed growing like that would still be a win. It growing at all to the point of making nice pitchers would be a win. I think there is a far more thriving community in the US and Europe for CPs in general. Reliable seed are not very difficult to find. Hobbyists...
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    Repotting nepenthes

    For plants that come potted, I don't repot them till they start growing again in my conditions. Logic being "If they got to a selling stage in whatever they are growing in, it is fine, even if it isn't my first choice." For plants that come bare rooted, obviously I pot them up. Lots of perlite...
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    How slow is N. macrophylla?

    oh god.... one munch from a caterpillar or snail and there will be nothing left to show for months of growth. lol. Ironically, they germinated in record time. 12 days and 14 days. I was so excited. And then a whole lot of nothing. I sowed the remaining seeds last month and those too started...
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