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    I wanted to show off my Heliamphora minor which has kindly elected not to die, but continues to live up to it's name: the pitchers are quite small. I would love to see other photographic examples, and am very interested in how to entice larger pitchers on my plants.

    I remember buying one of the first TC releases of this species back in the early '70's. It cost me $55.00 back then, and I had to sweat the rent to purchase it as the price was more than half my weekly wage. Before that time, the plant was a myth and a legend substantiated only by out of focus black and white photos in Graff's "Exotica".

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    Hey Tamlin,

    I got a tip recently that a very dilute solution of Superthrive, orchid fertiliser, and water applied directly inside the pitcher can help growth. I have tried this on a tiny heterodoxa x minor for the past month. So far I'm getting more pitchers growing, but because the plant is only 1" tall it's hard to say if this is natural or the solution. If you have an extra clump to test on, please do so and let us know the results!
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    Nice plant dude im getting my pics ready rite now one of my older heliamphor's is flowering. Well good luck [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] E.C
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    Thanks Michelle, I will have to try that. I feel that the plant grows well and it is probably a nutritional issue.
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    my guess is the plant is spending more energy focusing on photosynthesis rather then pitcher size , probably reduce the amount of lights tamlin and thats a very nice plant too , good job . [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (goldtrap2690 @ Jan. 10 2004,04:45)]my guess is the plant is spending more energy focusing on photosynthesis rather then pitcher size , probably reduce the amount of lights tamlin and thats a very nice plant too , good job . [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    ...photosynthesis produces energy!! the more it photosynthesises, the more energy it produces. you therefore need more light for vigorous growth. some plants will however produce bigger leaves at lower light levels to 'trap' more light, but this can make them thinner & weaker, so more susceptible to disease. I would go for high light levels & compact but robust plants.

    what size are the pitchers, maybe they are at maximum size already.
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    I agree with goldtrap in that lower light levels will produce larger pitches,
    lower light will cause the actual cells to grow more lineal in shape and thus produce an overall lager growth.
    Peace

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    Not in Heliamphora. Mine did horribly indoors under flourescents. When it was moved to the greenhouse (before it froze) it did great.

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