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    How to grow Heliamphora Minor?

    Okay, I found a nursery selling juvenile Heliamphora Minors for a good price. I've always wanted to add one to my collection. It says that they are shipped bare-root wrapped in moss.

    I'm seriously thinking about getting one. Can someone please give me the basics on how to grow one?
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    I do not grow heliamphora, but I know that they have brittle roots and hate root disturbance. Bare-root is probably not a good idea.

    By the way, I know exactly which nursery you're talking about.
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    See if you can get them to ship potted, even if it costs you a few bucks extra. It makes a difference.
    Give it as much light as possible. Don't let it get hot. Keep it humid, never let it dry out. Needs to cool down at night.
    Basically, just keep it like a highland Nepenthes, but they like more light than neps.

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    Think Darlingtonia, but no frost or super-high temps, and the pitchers are brittle and easy to break. They like well-drained media, and a lot of people say they shouldn't have wet feet. Most species - minor included, I think - prefer cool nights. I use a mix that's mostly pumice, ceramic chips, perlite and sand, with some peat for moisture retention and live Sphagnum growing on top. I use a really tall pot so that I can let it sit in a little bit of water when I'm not around to keep an eye on it. If you poke around, I believe there have been a few threads with growing info from some of the really gifted Heli growers on here. Was it Crissy's tank?
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    Heliamphora are not as fragile as advertised and I have received bare-root plants and divisions for years without so much as a loss.

    Simply treat the plant carefully (the roots are, admittedly, on the brittle side) and place it in your favorite compost (mine happens to be equal parts of live sphagnum moss, pumice, and perlite); water it well, and keep it under bright light . . .
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    I haven't found them to be particularly delicate, except in the sense that they're literally physically fragile. I don't know how many adult-shaped pitchers mine have put out that have never opened right because I brushed over them and snapped the spoon off. Mine are still tiny though, maybe they'll get sturdier when they're bigger.
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    I dont think minor needs a cooling at night though.. mine doesn't get one and grows well.

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    I agree with BB, bare root is a non issue... I can show you pics of big clumps of bare root helis. I prefer to divide them with clean roots.

    Keep them cool, keep them bright, keep them in airy substrate... and watch out for desiccation with a new division (it can happen almost overnight)

    If their new home has low humidity, I usually recommend bagging until new growth is evident

    Avoid constant direct contact with mist, indirect is preferred.

    They are hungry buggers, feed often with fish pellets, bugs etc...

    Personally, I'm also a big believer in Trichoderma atroviride... but there are plenty of growers who get great results without it.
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    The desiccation issue is the number one killer of new helis IMHO. Once they look like a raisin its game over. I think it helps to give them a good long soaking prior to planting (I like the trichoderma bath here) The soaking will also help with the brittleness of the roots. (but not something i really worry about)

    None of my helis really get a night time temp drop, but all my helis are in cool conditions...

    I prefer cypress based mixes




    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    I believe there have been a few threads with growing info from some of the really gifted Heli growers on here. Was it Crissy's tank?
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    hehehe Crissy will have the big head when she reads that....

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