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    Okay, so I bought a N.rafflesiana from Lowe's a 3-4 months back. It had 2 or 3 pitchers on it when I bought it, but it has refused to produce new pitchers since then. Here are my growing conditions.
    Humidity- between 45-55%
    Light- Under 2 42 watt CFL's (lighting shouldn't be an issue as I have several neps in the same terrarium and the leaves are beginning to turn a light red)
    Soil- Equal parts lfs,perlite, and peat moss.(all my other neps are doing well in this)
    Temps- 75-80 during the day and 65-70 at night.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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    I'd say humidity is too low. Rafflesiana, being a lowlander, really does need higher humidity than most. It should really be above 60% for this species.
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    not really, id say but the pitcher size will remain 'small'. just make sure to water often but that also that increases humidity.
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    I had one growing outside in 10-30% humidity that kept putting out bigger and bigger pitchers. The plant was still small so pitchers did'nt get really big, but it did seem to like the growing conditions. I planted it in strait LFS. I also have one in a terrarium with 50-60% humidity and it's massive. I'm gonna have to start trimming it back soon [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

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    I grow mine as a windowsill nep. The average humidity I would say is around 35%. It pitchers no problem.


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    omg, me too! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Okay, so I bought a N.rafflesiana from Lowe's a 3-4 months back. It had 2 or 3 pitchers on it when I bought it, but it has refused to produce new pitchers since the
    Pitchers aside, is it growing normally? That is, is it growing compactly and producing leaves of appropriate size and coloration?

    1. If so, then the plant is healthy and its probably just acclimating to its new environment (or recouperating from stresses), which you probably know is common among newly-bought neps (especially those bought from places like HD or Lowes (not to diss Lowes....I've bought CPs from them). I once waited 5 months for my N.gracilis to produce a new pitcher. I agree with the others that your humidity is probably adequate--but if you can increase it without much hassle, it may be worth a shot (e.g., placing the plant on a moist pebble tray can get local humidity to >60%).

    2. If not, the plant may not be pitchering because it is unhealthy.

    Hope it pitchers for you soon!
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    I grow my N. rafflesianas (two of them) in 10-30% humidity and they pitcher constantly.



    Quote Originally Posted by [b
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    not really, id say but the pitcher size will remain 'small'. just make sure to water often but that also that increases humidity.
    Does this mean my plants will never put out big pitchers, since they're in lower humidity? I sure hope not!

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