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    Heliamphora finally flowering . . .

    After a strange hiatus of almost two years, my Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor is finally sending up the first of, what I hope, are to be many flower stalks -- as I have had in the past. Why it failed to flower, I have no clue, since there were no changes to either location or cultivation; and there were no real changes in temperature either, especially when it really counts, at night.

    It's Northern California. We have no seasons . . .

    Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

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    Holy crap, you'd need a machete to divide that thing! Make sure to update us when the flowers open!
    Congrats!

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    wow congrats, great looking little bugger

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    ....That needs repotting. At least. Very nice specimen Big Bella
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    Hi Big Bella! That is a huge plant! As for the flowering, most heliamphora react positively, when the light period increases drastically. I induce flowering by changing light period from 16 hours a day to 24 hours a day, for at least one week. If the plant is healthy and in good condition, it works like a charm:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by petmantis View Post
    ....That needs repotting. At least. Very nice specimen Big Bella
    I have purposely allowed the Heliamphora to become root-bound, since I have had far better luck with them in that state (though I have taken divisions from that plant on several occasions). Those that I had seen in the wild had little or no compost and were barely clinging to rock surfaces (as lithophytes) or in very shallow leaf litter . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by klasac View Post
    Hi Big Bella! That is a huge plant! As for the flowering, most heliamphora react positively, when the light period increases drastically. I induce flowering by changing light period from 16 hours a day to 24 hours a day, for at least one week. If the plant is healthy and in good condition, it works like a charm:-)
    The plant has always been growing on my south-facing windowsill since it was a seedling; and would always flower like clockwork by August -- at least, for the last six or seven years. It simply took an almost two-year hiatus from sending up a spike . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

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    Perhaps making up for lost time, this Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor is sending up three flower spikes this Fall . . .

    Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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    Woo! You're doing something right with that one. I'm jealous!
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