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Thread: 3 years in the life of a Nepenthes rajah

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    Jeremiah, just thought I'd add my congratulations too.
    Very impressive. I'm inspired to go into town today and buy a much bigger pot for my baby.....



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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (agustinfranco @ Dec. 17 2005,4:19)]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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    I'm finding that out this year. So far, this year, in all has been the worst year ever for my Nepenthes...I think its because I need to repot them, the mix in most is around 4-5 years old.

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    tonyc,
    nice rajah, but does anyone think he should repot it since rajahs tend to have large root systems? just wondering for mine also...
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    Dustin,

    Interesting comment about mix age and breaking down. I've noticed a couple of things. Firstly, some species don't like old mix, and others couldn't give a proverbial. Secondly, species with big root systems cope with old media better than those with puny root systems, my theory being along the lines of why orchids do better in smaller pots: if they have a large root system, all available moisture is evenly and regularly absorbed, and the medium stays fresher for longer. Small root systems will leave too much excess moisture in the medium, and it will break down more quickly.

    Just some passive subjective empirical thoughts...
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    Hey Hamish, well I was always the pot and don't touch until you absoulutly must touch impression. But I just think many would benefit from a repot, especially hamata, aristolochioides and some of the lowlanders. I just think 4-5 year old compost is just too old and needs to be refreshed with the micronurtrients and fresh material. Thats why I am soaking about 4 liters of coconut chips and just picked up 25 liters of sphagnum for my winter repotting project! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    On a side note, because most of my plants are fairly old should I do any root trimming?




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    I thought it meant death to touch roots of a Nepenthes. I treat the repotting like a holy ritual, carefully and ever...so...slowly..... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

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    It just depends on the species. Ramispina for example has a puny root system, and seems more tolerant of mix than other species. I'd be happy to leave it in the same pot for years without fussing. But a species like maxima has roots that will fill a large pot in a season without trying, and I repot mine fairly regularly.

    The other thing to take into account is root sensitivity. Species like bellii, bicalcarata, rajah and a few others can react extremely negatively to having their roots disturbed even mildly. I know of several large bical and rajah that have been killed by repotting. It can be done, it just requires lots of time, patience and common sense.

    It is amazing at times what some species will take. I've repotted alata and ventricosa by tipping them out of their pots, hacking most of the roots off and putting into the same size pot, and they've done just fine.

    With species that I know will require a lot of root space over a fairly short period, I will overpot significantly. But I'll happily put a medium sized ramispina or lowii (which also seems to have a very small root system) in a small pot as I know the chance of it getting root bound in a hurry is small.
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    Here is a photo I just took now that it is fully open.


    It is setting on a 7 1/2" pot for size reference


    In its new 24" pot.


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