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Thread: N. rajah & N. villosa

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    Hi to everybody
    This summer, in North Italy, I grew my Nepenthes rajah and my Nepenthes villosa in the same conditions of my Sarracenias: outdoors, day temps over 30C & night temps over 25C, full sun (around 8 hours of direct sun a day).

    -The only problem I noted it was with N. rajah: the leaves and the pitchers turned yellowish, but now with lower temperatures, the same leaves, are green again and the pitchers have a better colour.
    -The N. villosa didn't show any problems.

    Question: is that a right pitcher's colour for a young N. rajah, or does it lack something?

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    Young rajahs are supposed to be that colour, or a little darker red if you grow them in brighter sun.
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    Mario,
    Not bad for a 4 years old rajah ( I red the date on the picture ).
    I am also asking myself why your rajah is not so dark red like other pictures you see on the web.
    Is there someone who knows the answer to this?
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    That's typical color for an N. rajah, it is still a very young plant and will need some time to color up, this will be when it ages and becomes more mature and exhibits adult characteristics, you can see th pitchers are still polymorphic (ie: non adult). Just give it time.

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    ok Nepenthes Gracilis!
    Because, you know exactly that looking to other pictures on the web...you sometimes wonder about already dark purple red color of some more littler plants! ( more than the one shown on this topic ).
    It is just because of differents clones? There are sold many different clones of rajah?
    Thanks Nepenthes Gracilis!

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    Hi all;

    Small plants tend to be more resistant to abuse (meaning growing these in conditions other than the ones they are naturally found).
    The plants look great rajah, but i don't know whether you can manage to keep them alive for another summer under the same conditions.
    Please prove me wrong.

    Gus

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    I have noticed and also some people have told me about this argument, that for example villosa does well and does not care about high temperatures.
    And the villosa of Mario is another example.Even I am sure that it grows much slower that would do in nature.
    Right?
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    Hi all:

    There seems to be a bit of confusion for the growing conditions which apply to a particular species vs. those which apply to a particular plant.

    There is variation in the growth pattern amongst several rajahs and villosa. For example, there is a villosa clone from BE
    which seems to be easier to grow and may withstand higher temperatures to some extent than other villosas. This does not mean that all the villosas around would be as resistant as this particular clone. So, extreme care should be taken as not to take the exception as the rule.

    Gus

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