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    Quote (Capslock @ June 06 2003,12:49)
    I was at Home Depot the other day, and I noticed in the house plants section a single, sad looking pot with a clear plastic cup on top sitting by itself in back of some regular house plants. Immediately I thought "CP!". It was unlabeled (for price), and the only cp in the store, apparently. I was pleased to see it was a nepenthes, and that it was still alive. The "care" label simply said Nepenthes ssp. It is from Gublers Orchids, according to the label.

    I brought it to the front, and asked how much they wanted for it. They said $4.75, and I figured I needed to buy it. (My name is Capslock, and I'm a Nepenthaholic.)

    So, here it is a few days later:
    [img]http://home.**********.com/capslock/images/N.%20x%20Home%20Depot.JPG[/img]

    As you can see, it's clearly alive, and I figure it's got to be a hardy variety. But I have no idea what it is. The dying pitcher isn't of much help to me, but maybe for one of you? It's actually kinda fun having a mystery nep!

    Capslock[/QUOTE]
    I just sent a e-mail to the gublers people, here is what i said:
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    Hello,
    I'm a carnivorous plant grower from central california, a member of the BACPS. A good freind of mine recently bought a Nepenthes at a local home depot, but we're stumped on what it is. What species of Nepenthes does Gublers sell? Please respond [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    Thanks in advance
    John[/QUOTE]

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    Thanks Spec. I was just at Home Depot today trying to fix my terrarium hood lights (see "General Discussions" forum). They had just received a shipment of Gubler's stuff, and I saw a couple Neps that were like the Maxima (x?) listed above. They look nothing like the one I got, which has fatter leaves.

    They also had some vfts from "Mainland" nursery, as well as from Gublers. The Mainland ones didn't have clear plastic cups on top, and seemed pretty healthy, all things considered.

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    We ahve asked Gublers what they had before, and I believe the response was something along the lines of "we Don't Know". [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    they are pretty plants though...

    I would like to report i have now had one living outside for about 5 days, and have not has so much as even a pitcher burn off.

    I am thinking of moving the rest out there, to see what happens.
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    Ram,

    I have a Maxima living outside at my house in San Francisco. I've only had it for a couple weeks, but it seems to be doing fine. It's been getting down to 55 degrees or so at night, and it's been foggy and cool almost every day. I bought it, transplanted it into new media and a new pot, and put it outside all at once. It still looks great.

    I know some of the N. x "home depot"s have a lot of Maxima in them, if they're not pure Maxima, so they should do OK. Maximas can get down to freezing for brief periods, apparently. I was talking to Peter D'Amato (of California Carnivores) the other day and he said a friend of his had a Maxima growing well outside for several years before a big freeze in 1996 killed it. Even in coastal California, however, there are serious micro-climates. My parent's house in Sonoma experiences frosts and freezes consistently every winter, but here in San Francisco, it's very rare.

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    Man, you guys are lucky!
    The Only home depot near me only ever sells vft's!! Nice once, though. I gotta pressure them into getting some more variety!
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    Here is an imature urn from one of my N. ventrata plants.



    A mature urn:



    Another mature urn from my other N. ventrata:

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    Nick, that looks great! Also, the immature pitcher looks suspiciously like the dying one on mine. Maybe that's what I have!

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