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    I'm fairly new to growing neps and was wondering about how long it should take for a nep to produce pitchers( in this case N. 'Miranda')
    I've seen the tendrils slightly curl near the pitcher 'fetis' and then nothing seems to happen. I was just wondering how long it normally takes.

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    Depends on the species, as some grow faster than others. After production of a new leaf, the tendril must grow out to a length dependant on the species/hybrid, and the size of said leaf. After that, development of the pitcher itself will begin. I've never actually timed this, but from a fully opened new leaf with no tendril extension, to an open pitcher, I'd say 2-3 weeks
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    My 'Miranda' takes at least 4-6 weeks to go from a newly unfurled leaf to a pitcher bearing leaf.
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    Then if you have a species like my Truncata it seems to be in suspended animation and only so very slowly puting on size to the new inflating pitcher. It seems like it has been there for over a month and a half now! I just applied some slow selease fertilizer and I am hoping it will speed up now. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Farmer Dave @ Nov. 03 2006,7:15)]I've seen the tendrils slightly curl near the pitcher 'fetis' and then nothing seems to happen. I was just wondering how long it normally takes.
    Once the tendrils start to curl upwards they should start to inflate as well.. problems could be humidity or temp too low

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    so there's nothing to worry about ........right?!?

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    If the tendrils turn upwards, then stop growing, then there is something to worry about. Probly too low temp or humidity..

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    My miranda pitchers only during the spring and summer when I can keep it outside in high heat and humidity. If yours is growing inside as a windowsill plant, humidity is probably too low for pitchers to form. Keeping the soil moist might help this, but really you need the whole plant to be kept humid.
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