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    How slow is N. macrophylla?

    I had two N. macrophylla germinate about 2 months ago (more are germinating now, but barely exiting seedcoats yet - not even daring to think of when their next steps will be). For a long time they sat there doing nothing. Then for a long time they sat there with a tiny "nub" hinting at first...
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    Anyone know who 'exceptional_plants' seller is on ebay?

    I purchased some plants from them (due to arrive any time). They ship from Poland. More importantly for me, ship worldwide. What made me ask was that the seller has almost all listings as "seed grown", but if you google up images for the crosses, you often find images with parents reversed. For...
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    How to protect nepenthes seedlings from geckos?

    I've seen a lot of newly germinated seedlings look.... bad, a few pots that seemed to move/topple, etc. Then when I lost my sole (so far) kinnabaluensis seedling... I started conducting random raids on the balcony to see if I can find the cause. And I spotted a gecko that sort of was enjoying...
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    Whether to fill water in the pitchers of Saracenia "maroon purpurea hybrid with flava

    Whether to fill water in the pitchers of Saracenia "maroon purpurea hybrid with flava I will soon be receiving a Sarracenia "maroon". I have read that sarracenias with tall pitchers have dry pitchers that should not be filled or they will topple over. And that those lying close to the ground...
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    Nepenthes 'Local' - a thought experiment

    I am currently trying to grow highland plants in very lowland conditions. Warm nights, etc. Giving them some cooling, but not a lot. My guess is that any seed resulting from such plants will be happier to grow here (even highland x highland). More like only the ones most able to adapt will...
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    Evolution of carnivory as a response to nutrient poor environments

    This is repeated everywhere. But it doesn't make sense to me. Or, for that matter the alleged inability of CPs to deal with high TDS. fertilizers, etc. I've started fertilizing recently, and am seeing no harm, but before I decided to try fertilizing, I gave it much thought. CP's don't grow in a...
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    Heliamphora ciliata question

    TL;DR: Should I worry or just enjoy the plants? I recently got an H. ciliata (since it is supposed to tolerate lowland climate better). It seems to be doing... okay? A few new pitchers seem to be forming. No idea if this is resuming normal growth or stress or stored energy in the plant from...
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    Growing intermediate/highland plants HOT

    Anyone here lives in lowland proper climates and still grows intermediates/highlanders? I haven't been growing nepenthes for too long. 2-3 years. Of which, intermediates and crosses with intermediate/highland plants for last year and finally gambling with highlanders. Average year round temps...
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    Nepenthes faster cuttings question

    Has anyone tried keeping the pitchers on cuttings instead of trimming them and using them to feed the cutting while they last? And/or foliar feeding? It would take more space obviously, but would it result in faster rooting? Also symbiotic fungii/bacteria at the base of the cutting? It is...
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    Cocopeat for nepenthes

    I know this goes against traditional wisdom, but... I am in India and use cocopeat more than peat (actually I don't have any plants in peat) though NZ sphagnum is my preference. I wash my cocopeat out several times regardless of source and then the last two rinses*** I soak it in dilute calcium...
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    How to make cuttings of species with very short internodes?

    Been trying to figure this one out. I'm not in urgent need of this information, but given that I seem to have splurged on veitchiis and their hybrids, a robcantleyi, truncata... (too small still to have any impressive photos), I figured that sooner or (much, much) later, I am going to need to...
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    Anyone growing drosera magnifica?

    I'm trying to grow them. They arrived, potted them up in the best sphagnum I had... and then a whole lot of nothing happening for 2 weeks. Some leaves are drying, but looks like the usual slight die back after out of TC, shipping, new climate, etc. But no freaking idea how to grow these. There...
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    Odd leaf/stalk on pinguicula aphrodite

    Just now saw a strange stalk kind of thing on my pinguicula aphrodite. There isn't a flower - it is just a cup kind of a thing at the end of the stalk. Anyone know what is going on? Excuse how it looks, at this point, I'm grateful it is alive at all given the hot weather we have.
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    Maybe crazy tissue culture experiment with Nepenthes seeds

    So I read a lot of research papers on TC because I was wanting to try it. I don't have a pressure cooker that is large enough OR a microwave OR an autoclave. Clearly I'd spend a lot of time dating the pressure cooker or I wouldn't be able to do TC. Or so I thought. Then a large number of seeds...
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    How long does it take after germination for first pitchers

    I had germination in some nepenthes seeds about a month ago. There may be some 6-8 seedlings with the initial two cotyledons. And then.... nothing. No real leaves have formed so far. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong? If I look very carefully with a magnifying glass, it looks like a...
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    Nepenthes cuttings tips for the lower woody section of the vine

    I have a very rough method for taking cuttings. I take 2/3 node sections with a pair of scissors, use my nails to peel off some of the outer covering of the bottom part of each cutting for rooting, stick them in a sphagnum perlite mix under the misters as they are. Full leaf, pitcher, whatever -...
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    I'm no good at germinating Regia and drosophyllum. They do better if I neglect

    So I had tried to grow drosera regia, drosophyllum and given up when both had sprouted two seedlings each that promptly died. I left the pot with drosophyllum seeds in a corner of a tray and forgot about them. I sowed some spatulata seeds from a spatulata that had flowered in the pot that had...
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    Tissue cultured explant developing black edges on leaves

    So, the angle of the sun has changed and it seems one of the truncatas fresh out of TC caught direct sunlight briefly before I woke up. Luckily with the fogger and misting, it isn't dead, but the edges of the leaves have gone dead(?) :( Any idea how to help it recover? Not sure what to expect...
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    My area for acclimatizing new plants, cuttings, TC, etc

    I haven't figured out how to post video here, so just linking to a tweet https://twitter.com/Vidyut/status/961326422534082560 It is just a tray hung against a wall with good coverage by a misting nozzle (10sec on, 5 min off) + an ultrasonic fogger when I need one (cuttings/TC explants). Gets...
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    Acclimatization question

    I purchased three plants - nepenthes veitchii x platychila, rajah x veitchii and robcantleyi x veitchii. They arrived from cz plants in January, so I guess it was quite a shock in conditions. Bombay's lowest in winter is still above 15 degrees celcius. More usually in low twenties at night...
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