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    wow... thats all i have to say
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    Hold on, so when a Ventrada gets big it stops pitchering? Do Ventradas have uppers?
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    My bet is that the humidity wasn't quite right in its growing environment to stimulate active pitcher production. And ventratas do indeed have uppers, although they do not differ too dramatically from the lowers.

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    I know the gal that was growing it grew it outside and we have had a masive heatwave here lately, but its also humid down here in Ga. I will let the seed go and gladdly pass them out to whoever wants them, but I don't think they will do anything. Like I said this was her only nepenthes. I duno how it could have gotten pollinated, or what it was pollinated with. When should the seed be harvested??

    My friend, who has limited CP experience, thinks it might have stopped pitchering because of the 5 spikes. I duno though. I am going to thin it out a little and take a bunch of cuttings from it and see if I can get it to pitcher again. I really think the 100+ temps are what caused it to stop pitchering. My other ventrata is putting out pitchers with half lids or deformed lids because of the masive heatwave. The big plant was growing in full sun for a few hours a way on the edge of an awning. I moved mine back under the shade cloth and it seems to be doing better. So I think the lack of pitchers is ebcause of the masive heat here lately. There are some picthers I just didn;t take closeup of them, but most of them are half dead, and need to be trimmed off.
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    Well, I have a Ventrada growing indoors under lights and the one really big vine (4') refuses to pitcher while the smaller vines picher every time. I've always wondered why it stopped.
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    Interesting. I duno.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (CopcarFC @ Aug. 08 2006,7:49)]Well, I have a Ventrada growing indoors under lights and the one really big vine (4') refuses to pitcher while the smaller vines picher every time. I've always wondered why it stopped.
    I've seen the same thing with my ventrata. Maybe the tendrils need to twist around somtething to produce pitchers. I just read this in n other topic here about the hamata... It could be the same thing.

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    That might be a good point. Maybe the plant knows it can't climb with a combersome pitcher on the end of its leaf so it refuses to pitcher if it is just flapping in the wind trying to climb someplace. Ya know that seems to make perfect sence since the plants instinct would be to go up, and if its tendrals don;t have something to grab onto to go up then its not going to make a heavy pitcher it can't support on its own. Pitchers with water in them can get heavy. I guess you just have to think like a plant sometimes.
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