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    Nepenthes Specialist nepenthes gracilis's Avatar
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    Hi all!!

    Thought I would share some pictures I took today.


    [img]http://home.**********.com/nepenthesgracilis/bical%20red%20pitcher.JPG[/img]
    New N. bicalcarata 'red' pitcher

    [img]http://home.**********.com/nepenthesgracilis/growchamber.JPG[/img]
    Lowland growchamber

    These next two pictures are of my N. ampullaria which hasn't pitchered since July of 2002. If anyone can provide tips on what looks like is wrong with it please repsond! I really appreaciate it, it is a super plant and I would like to get it to pitcher for me. I personally was thinking maybe it isn't pitchering as it may be preparing to flower? All replies welcomed! Also the care of the N. ampullaria are as follows for reference:

    Water- RO on the tray system.
    Light- 2 4 ft (120 cm) long fluorescent bulbs about 2-2 1/2 ft (60-75 cm0 away from the plant.
    Humidity- high, an N. bicalcarata pitchers so I assume it should be plenty high enough but maybe it isn't.
    Soil- long fiber Chilean sphagnum moss.
    Temperature- low, 70 night 73-75F day time.
    [img]http://home.**********.com/nepenthesgracilis/amp.JPG[/img]
    N. ampullaria 'spotted'

    [img]http://home.**********.com/nepenthesgracilis/amp%20basal%20shoots.JPG[/img]
    N. ampullaria 'spotted' basla shoots/growth

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    dang that thing is huge!

    i duno why it isnt pitchering but the one you sent me is pitchering great
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    Hi Stefano, glad the little amp is doing good! I was talking to a friend earlier on the chat and he told me it needs higher humidity, even higher than a bicalcarata.

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    My N. ampullarias did the best last season when the average daytime temp was 95F. I've been told that amps and bicals especially appreciate very high temps, and yours looks like it gets strong light from the reddening. Also, my amps are kept in deep shade which seems to stimulate multiple basal shoots and strong climbing stems. As soon as winter hit last year and the daytime highs dropped they stopped pitcher production temporarily but it's hard to say if these were the only factors which caused it.

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    My amp is in my terrarium with two other lowlanders that seem to be doing well. Day temps are about seventy and night temps drop as low as fifty... The humidity is whatever it gets to. The bottom of the terrarium is the plants' water tray... Everything is doing amazingly well, despite the low temps and variable humidity (i open and close the thing constantly...)

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    Exclamation

    I don't think that humidity is the problem. I have my N ampullaria outside here in PR and it pitchers just fine even when the humidity drops to about 50% during the day. My guess is that the temperature is too cool for the plant. I think that getting the temps to 80 F - 85 F during the day will make it pitcher.

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    OK, that's my problem though! I have no way to really raise my temps...no idea how to....at present I have an aquarium heater (seen in the clear jug in the chamber picture) and a hot rock and temps are still only low 70's. Any ideas to heat it more? Thanks! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I don't know my N. Ampullaria goes through low temperatures (60'F) and humidity (65%) and it stills produce pitchers.

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