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    Nepenthes Ventricosa?

    I have a Nepenthes Ventricosa that has no pitchers. They always die before they open up. Is there any way I can help them grow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ant View Post
    I have a Nepenthes Ventricosa that has no pitchers. They always die before they open up. Is there any way I can help them grow?
    Is it new? Have you had it a while? What kind of soil is it in and what kind of light?

    Do the pitchers swell at all before they die? Or do they get full sized and the lid never pops? If the lid never opens you may need to increase the humidity.

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    If you would take 1 minute to give us your conditions you would probably had your answer by now. Come on man we aren't mind readers and these plants do what their conditions dictate.

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    I have had it for a year. The pitchers never grow. It is in natural light. They soild seems fine as I have been able to get 3 pitchers from it but, that is the end of it and I must wait 3months to get them agian.

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    I've read that not pitchering is often a symptom of not enough light. Unless you're sure its getting enough, I would either move it to someplace where it gets more, or add a light with a timer.
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    I put it out on the deck all day and the only change was a leaf that opened early then usual so I will see if that will help it the long run.

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    If the pitchers never grow or inflate then one of the more major conditions for life processes is wrong in some way. Could you provide a ballpark figure of:

    Soil type and moisture levels:
    Humidity %:
    Light (i know you said natural but does that mean blazing sun,dappled shade, indirect sun, natural shade, etc)
    Water type: as in tap water R.O purified, distilled, etc
    Temperature range:

    That should give us a clearer idea of what this plant is experiencing.

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    Don't forget that its also the end of winter. Most of my Neps grow outside in summer and as soon as fall rolls around they stop pitchering completely. I have not had a new pitcher on any of my Neps since about November, and even the few that I got then were small and rather unimpressive.

    Now that the warmer weather is here and the days are getting longer my plants are beginning to recover. Some of the tendrils that just sat there for the last 4 months are begining to elongate and look as they are going to inflate soon. Give it time, if your "soil" media is right, and the temps are right, and it gets enough light, it will recover and pitcher for you again.
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