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    Special requirements for growing N. aristolochioides?

    I've tried growing this once before, and to my horror, the plant rotted off at its base! I'm assuming that N. aristolochioides needs better drainage than other neps? I just ordered another one, and I want to give it a fighting chance...can anyone offer me any suggestions?

    Also, regarding N. bicalcarata, I've heard that it is difficult to propagate by stem cuttings, is this true?
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    N. aristolochioides is a very fussy plant, high drainage is a must as you have inferred. Use a very chunky, but able to retain some water, mix. Try for many parts more of coconut chunk and very coarse sphagnum moss chopped up, with some perlite and a touch of peat to conglomerate it together.

    In regards to the bical question, I have heard this but unable to confirm it by myself or anyone else's experience that I know.

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    [QUOTE=stormbringer;829570]Also, regarding N. bicalcarata, I've heard that it is difficult to propagate by stem cuttings, is this true?[/QUOTE

    fwiw- i got my bical from phil a few years ago as an unpotted, rooted cutting. as long as i keep it watered it grows fine. what he did to get it to root, though, is beyond me, as i didn't think to ask and he didn't offer that information.

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    A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Charles Clarke, and we discussed
    the conditions under which N. aristolochioides grows in the wild. Charles informed me that
    it grows in pure living sphagnum moss, so I am not convinced that truly sharp drainage
    is the key requirement.

    Rather, in the 9 or 10 years I've been growing this species, my experience has been that
    the key requirements are very cool nights and reasonably bright light. In short, if you
    cannot cool this plant down to below 10 C at night, I would not advise trying to cultivate
    it.

    Regarding N. bicalcarata, it is very easy from cuttings, and strikes quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neps View Post
    A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Charles Clarke, and we discussed
    the conditions under which N. aristolochioides grows in the wild. Charles informed me that
    it grows in pure living sphagnum moss, so I am not convinced that truly sharp drainage
    is the key requirement.

    Rather, in the 9 or 10 years I've been growing this species, my experience has been that
    the key requirements are very cool nights and reasonably bright light. In short, if you
    cannot cool this plant down to below 10 C at night, I would not advise trying to cultivate
    it.

    Regarding N. bicalcarata, it is very easy from cuttings, and strikes quickly.
    I also tried to grow this species and failed, but reading about your experience with this plant has led me to the conclusion that I just don't didn't have cool enough nights for it to survive and thrive.

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    elgecko needs to chime in. he defies all meaning of the words picky, hard, difficult, and non beginners plant he grows his on a window sill with no cooling at all.
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    Why don't lots of people buy those portable hose-air conditioners?

    Do they make portable hose-air conditioners that go down to 50 degrees? I've wondered that for awhile. Why couldn't you get plumb a humidifier into it to re humidify the air before it gets to the tank?

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    Yes you can, it just requires some ingenuity, remember Josh Cook? (swords) he used his A/C unit plumbed into his tank with a fogg injection line. He grew his rajah and others huge in a very short time.

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