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Thread: rawr.. my bical won't grow

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    Uhm.. I remember swords told me its supposed to be like 6 feet in one year or something. Mine is still 6 inches after 2 years [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
    HOwever I notice the PITCHER size is increaasing while the leaves aren't. Is this normal? am i asking an old question? should i repot it?

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    I'm glad you posted this, because I was going to ask about N. bicalcarata care tonight.

    I recently aquired a N. bicalcarata (3 inch pot) and it's currently chillin' in my new 20 gallon long tank with 80 watts of flourescent cool white tubing. Humidity isn't that high, usually around 40 or 50 percent. Temps range from 70s to 80s. I'm using the tray method to water it, since I heard that this plant likes swampy conditions. It's still in a bit of shipping shock, so no new leaves or pitchers yet.

    Are these good conditions for N. bicalcarata? It's my first one and I want to make sure it grows fast and gets big

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    I don't know whether this link will work, but here are some pics posted in another forum, the second shows just how large bical can get...

    Bical pics
    Demystifying Nepenthes: http://www.nepenthesforeveryone.com

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    That huge N. bicalcarata is perhaps the coolest Nep I've ever seen!

    I'm really hoping mine never gets that big, since I'm guessing that it wouldn't fit in my 20 gallon terrarium anymore [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

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    Bical likes it very hot, and very humid. It does not like cold weather, and it does not like low humidity. It will cope with the odd cool spell, but will react negatively. The one thing it does cope with less of is light, although being a very large plant it does grow in full sun in habitat.
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    Is there any way it could adapt to the lower humidity of my tank, or would you suggest I somehow raise the humidity to a constant 70-80 percent?

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    I'd like to name that photo "bical tree" [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] .

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    I think Trent and Michelle have a massive bical they call 'Big Mama', but haven't seen photos of it yet.

    i.e. (hoping that they pop in and show us a photo)... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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