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    Regarding pitcher size, I've a N.atala/ventrata. It was initally grown in a hanging basket and its pitchers were quite small then. But when I put it on top of a drain, the pitchers got larger. Could be the increased humidity (provided by a drain [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] ) or it's just that it's getting older, I guess.

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    I am growing N. X Gentle since 7 months under extreme lowland conditions 'outdoors' in the Philippines (Temp around 31C during daytime around 23C at night). It is growing quite well. Sure it could always be faster, especially the pitcher forming takes long and usually there will be only two pitchers at a time. Well I have also a problem that some pitchers don't make it due to insect damage. But the pitchers are 5" inch tall and very pretty.
    It get's sun from 12 to 5 pm and some of the older leaves are turning red. Recently I allowed it to topple over and now there are many new growth point emerging from the base.
    Volker
    PS: Maxima is not necessarily a highlander. It can be found at highland AND lowland locations in nature.
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    Okay, that's good to know. leucophylla, is that full sun? Mine only gets filtered sun because I don't want the leaves to burn.

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    Colin,

    Highlanders love the sun. And although I don't own a n.gentle, I've seen one and remember that it's leaves are pretty thick. Give it more sun and observe the plant. One thing about a nep is that once it's happy with the condition, it pitchers really fast! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Colin,

    Yes it is full sun. Nepenthes can often be found in nature on mountains tops (not in the forest 40 meters below! ) or road banks. Places where there is no shade at all. When I got my gentle I also placed it on a shady shelf, because I didn't know the parentage yet. Also it had relatively large leafes, which might be a hint for a shade loving plant. Then one day the sun decided [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] to shine on that shelf, without harming the plant. The leafes turn red, but that's it, they don't turn brown or anything. Actually the leafes last very long. Sadly the pitchers last only about 3-4 weeks, which could be due to the warm climate. They do capture all kinds of stuff, even large centipedes. Meanwhile I burried the pot into the garden soil.

    If you had bad experience with direkt sunlight in the past it is probably because the transition from shade to sun was too fast. Leafes grown under shady conditions might 'brown' off once you expose the plant to too much sun.

    Then, I don't want to encourage you putting this plant into the sun. I just don't have enough shady places right now (all occupied by baby Neps [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] ). It did nice green leafes and also very colorful pitchers in the shade before. If it is in a sunny place chances that the whole plant will die, when you forget to irrigate, are a lot higher. Been there, done that [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] Especially when the pot is small.
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    Hmm. The problem is that I hang most of my neps on trees for a "natural" feel, so the leaves of the trees tend to shade them.

    How can I move them from shade to sun without burning them? What kind of adjustment process is advisable?

    My pitchers don't seem to catch anything, actually. I'm not quite sure why that is.

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    Normally your plant should be fine hanging in a tree, if it is not too dark underneath.
    To try something else, you might want to try placing the pot on the ground. Here the humidity is a little higher, especially when you can spray the area around it occasionally. Spray as often as you can, it will also lower the temp. Then the plant doesn't move that much. Some Neps don't like motion. Even though they grow on windy mountain tops they usually try to not expose themselves to strong winds, especially their pitchers are usually well secured. Swinging pitchers = swinging plant = root stress.
    With the pitchers touching the ground it will also catch more insects. however, make sure that the water can still drain properly from the pot. i know it is prettier when they hang in a tree.
    This is just me, trying to think why you plant couldn't be happy. Don't take it too serious [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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    Actually, I exaggerate. Most of my pitchers can catch their own food, when hung just about anywhere, it's only my N. x Gentle that seems pretty helpless. Maybe it's having trouble adapting.

    Recently it's been very rainy and cloudy, so they've not been getting much sun at all.

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