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    All other highlands grow fine Jeff. I honestly can't firgure it out...perhaps its something with the roots, maybe I should give it a bigger pot.

    Hamish, you're running about the same conditions I am.....I dunno, it must be a funky clone, Tony has had trouble with his as well, one growing point died on one plant and sprouted like 3 others in its place...go figure!

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    Hamish,
    Your last comments give me hope. My conditions fall within your range, so hopefully another plant of N. aristolochiodes will fair better. The one I have now has not been happy in the cold days of winter, or any other time, for that matter.

    Thanks for sharing that info.
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    I've heard numerous reports of the main vine dying after it has flowered, or just simply dying off. I've also heard of a couple of people who said theirs had been growing really well for years, then just suddenly died. It can be an unpredictable species by the sounds of it. It does produce basals fairly early on, certainly before it starts to produce uppers or starts to climb. And basal growth tends to be very vigorous.
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    I would add that I've found this experience to be pretty intolerant of low humidity. And whilst it tolerates hot weather in very short bursts, any extended period (i.e weeks) of warm nights will not only slow it down, but make it start producing deformed growth and pitchers. I've not kept it in very warm conditions over an extended period as our period of warm nights is fairly short. I also wouldn't want it to experience too many hot days in a row either, as it can affect the following 4 or 5 leaves.
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    So its pretty much a difficult plant because its very finicky.

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    Well, it's not really surprising for 2 reasons. Firstly, it is a very gracile plant, with very thing stems and leaves, so it will feel the effects of heat and low humidity more than robust species such as macrophylla, lowii and rajah. Secondly, it comes from higher altitudes than those species, so is more of a 'true' highlander, only species like villosa, murudensis and lamii are found at higher altitudes.
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    Previosuly talangensis was mentioned as a possibly more temperamental plant - however in my case things seem to be the opposite as my two talangensis are growing in all madness while my formerly dwindling aristolochioides has finally sped up after repotting into very loose LFS (I chucked out about 2/3 of the original LFS - way too crammed!). My guess is that this species in particular may need ample oxygen around its roots, and I'd be more inclined to believe so if growth returns to normal as a result of repotting.

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    Well I'll give it a repot with pure live sphagnum....I've go so much of it anyways.

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