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Thread: 3 years in the life of a Nepenthes rajah

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    Amen Dustin [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    Yeah I would have to agree give a plant what it likes and it will grow.

    Pray for me guys, I just finished repotting it to a 24” x 10” pot and if anything happens to this plant I don’t know what I would do lol.

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    Nor would I Jeremiah, if I lost such a prize plant. I have my fingers crossed for you, but given that you're so successful in cultivating these plants, chances are it won't notice the change.

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    IMO this is a big challenge now, because as you said it yourself there is no chest freezer big enough to accomodate your plant, but still managed to build a cold greenhouse for it.
    I think the first 3 months will tell you whether your plant is going to make it or not. it'll get a shock, i'll not pitcher for a while (couple to several months) and then i'll adjust back or it'll die.
    The good thing is that your plant is large enough to counteract more effectively any substandard growing conditions as opposed to the teeny weeny rajahs most of us manage to obtain and experiment with.


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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (agustinfranco @ Dec. 17 2005,1:22)]... It's just that people in general fantasize in growing this plant in all kinds of conditions because of its reputation of having beautiful giant size pitchers in the wild...

    Perhaps you can tweak conditions a little bit to adjust it to new environments, but IMO the plant is not flexible enough to grow well and pitcher in all kinds of growing conditions. (Again, i know many people who grows rajahs in different environments, but i rarely see plants with pitchers: this is what i am referring to)

    Villosa and lamii are inflexible neps and so on.
    thats why i try to stay away from plants such as extreme highlanders and lowlanders that i think i cant grow.
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    Hi fc3srx713b:

    Perhaps you should enjoy growing intermediate neps and/or Highland/lowland hybrids. They are generally more flexible and take more abuse than the other two categories.

    Gus

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    OK, just so people know it's possible, this N. rajah, which I took a picture of just now, has been out in my backyard for almost 2 years straight, never coming in. It only tends to have one pitcher at a time, but it does pitcher. I grows better in the summer here than winter. It barely hit 50 for a high today. I don't expect this thing to ever look like Jeremiah's, which is just a ridiculously impressive plant grown in perfect conditions. But I do expect it to live and keep growing and pitchering.



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    Hi Capslock:

    you definitely have a beautiful plant.
    My question to you then is. does it suppose to have one pitcher at at time? and is that what normal rajahs do?

    you can have these plants growing in conditions that may mimic to some extent to those found in Mt. kinabalu, but are they optimal for the plant to produce just one pitcher at a time?
    I think anyone wanting to grow this plant has to have clear in their minds what their expectations are!.
    Do I want my rajah to grow with every single leaf producing a pitcher or just one pitcher per plant or no pitcher at all!.

    This is a big problem when discussing growing conditions for cp's. In most cases, Most people want optimal growth, but many growers confuse tolerating growth conditions with flourishing in optimal conditions. As long as the plant remains alive, that's what matters!: Does it really matter or we want more from our plants!


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