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    Nepenthes Specialist nepenthes gracilis's Avatar
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    Hey all i visited my friend locally and he gave me 2 of his C. acaule's he grows. Also he has a small wild colony in back of his house in the woods. My plant is not wild collected either it is from his collection. Anyhow, I wanted to share these photos. Also any hints, tips, tricks on the culitvation of this Cyp? Thanks for all help! PS- the wild ones and his are growing in dead leaves, old twigs and mostly pine needles in a well drained sandy medium. I plan to use cheifly pine needles, some peat and sand along with the organics. Sound good? Thanks! Enjoy! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]

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    Any comments? Questions? Tips? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

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    The more sand the better.
    I wouldnt use pine needles for anything other than a top dressing or mulch.
    The most robust specimens ive seen in the wild are usually in nearly pure sand, of coarse they are not too far from the bog so there is still ample water available.

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    Hello Khai, thanks for your info. I went ahead with another good friend's advice and planted it in pine tree humus with a top dressing of pine needles for acidification.

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    That's just beautiful, Nep G! You are very lucky. I'd kill for one of those. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] (And maybe when you're not looking, I'll steal yours...hehe). [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    Important factors are well-draining, acidic soil. While they like dampness, too wet will rot the roots.

    Beautiful pics there. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    They seem to be quite happy in the greenhouse in front of the swamp cooler pads. The roots need I be cool I read so I figured they would be happy there.

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    Mine are in the shallow (~8" deep) 18" wide plastic basins some nurseries sell. The pots come with one hole in the bottom, with a removable plug. I use a 3/8" drill and put lots and lots of holes in the bottom of the pot. I filled the pots with a 50/50 (or so) mix of rotting cedar mulch and perlite. The plants arrived as sickly rescues (rescued from rescuers) two years ago and both are thriving now. One bloomed for the first time and began the year with three growths. The other, dug out by a squirrel a year ago, recovered and is growing strong too. I now keep wire covers over the plants to deter excavators. Bruce
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    Thank you for your informing replying Bruce!

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