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    Wow! Heliamphora are just so graceful You grow them so beautifully, Ron!

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    Thanks for the comments - just sharing a species that isn't commonly seen (yet). This plant is interesting to me because it shows the ongoing progression to maturity (in size & shape) - even though I have no clue if the last pitcher is full size. Since the shapes of the last two are quite similar, I think that part has stabilized. Even though the tall pitcher is less than 1.5" from HO T-5's, it is not showing the deep red that I would expect from that proximity (although it might just need some time).

    For the future - my H. sarracenioides is inflating it's 1st mature pitcher, H. uncinata is working on it's 2nd & H. nutans (Kukenam Tepui) is working on it's 3rd. Heli's are definitely enjoying the cooler temps.
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    Some species are just naturally green.... I wouldn't worry too much about it. Even if you bump up their lighting suddenly they soon adjust and go back to their natural green coloration.

    H. sarracenioides is a beast, very prolific grower.... I should have another adult or two in this year's NASC auction. Now this plant gets dark red even if illuminated by candle light.. (OK maybe just a little exaggeration LOL, but not much)
    She is one of the most abundant producers of nectar as well.....

    very easy grower IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    H. sarracenioides is a beast, very prolific grower....
    My experience is very limited but I like how it's been growing - just a steady progression. So far, I'd have to give the (best-growing) crown to H. collina (formerly Foothills Testigos) - that plant has been a beast for me, outgrowing even H. 'Tequila'. On the other end of the spectrum are those juvie plants that refuse to form adult pitchers .... H. nutans (Wei), H. hispida (grrrr)
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    Here's some of my humble collection:


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    My apologies in advance as I'm not 'showing' another Heli - instead, I have a few observations that I found interesting from a recent Heli division - didn't really want to start a new thread so ....

    A while back I received a new H. uncinata - with all juvie pitchers (as expected). After more than a year and many juvie pitchers later, it finally sprouted something like a mature pitcher. Sadly, this was also the time that I was repotting many of my Heli's in an attempt to stem the spread of a nasty moss (called star moss by MH1 iirc).

    Anyway, I repotted the uncinata on Oct 30, and also divided it while I was at it. I got 5 divisions from it - 4 of them w/o any roots. Naturally the part with a mature pitcher was one of the divisions without roots. My two observations:

    - on the rootless division with the mature pitcher - the next pitcher did not revert back to juvenile status but is also adult-shaped (or soon will be once it opens). One of the other rootless divisions appears to be sending up a mature pitcher as it's 1st one (1st since dividing & 1st mature).

    - as of today (Dec 2), 4 of the 5 divisions have sprouted new pitchers. Yup - the only one that has yet to put up a new pitcher since dividing is the one that was left with the roots. All of the rootless divisions are growing better than that one - go figure! (Last year, I had a H. pulchella division do the same thing...).
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    Lookin good jbradt! What kind of lighting and ventilation are you using there??


    Wow Ron, very interesting observations. Just out of curiosity, were all divisions given same conditions to resume/form new growth??

    Lets see some pics of your findings!

    My CP obsession has been shifting towards taking a stab at picking up a heli lately ........

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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post

    - as of today (Dec 2), 4 of the 5 divisions have sprouted new pitchers. Yup - the only one that has yet to put up a new pitcher since dividing is the one that was left with the roots. All of the rootless divisions are growing better than that one - go figure! (Last year, I had a H. pulchella division do the same thing...).
    Ron, I had this exact experience when I divided my heterodoxa x minor a few months ago. All of the unrooted divisions sprouted new pitchers before the rooted one.

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    Lookin good jbradt! What kind of lighting and ventilation are you using there??

    Thanks, Greg! I'm using 2 x 100 watt equivalent cfl's in those dome shaped reflectors over a 10g terrarium. Cheap and easy, but also seems to be really effective. For ventilation, I have a 1.5" cpu fan in the terrarium with some holes drilled in the glass behind the fan for intake, and on the top in the opposite corner for exhaust. I toyed with putting a second fan in it, but in that small a space it drove the humidity down lower than I wanted it to be. So I'm still toying with ideas there.
    Indeed. Most indeededly. Phillip J. Frye


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