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    Talking Its finally here

    Hi guys,

    Remember my blunder? Here you go:

    Presenting N.talangensis. I love the pitcher though....sooo cute. The cutest nep pitchers I have ever seen in person. Its like a tiy funnel.









    the pitcher is around 2 inches in size from top to bottom.

    I potted it in sphag + some fine orchid bark+ a handful of my coarse orchid bark that I used on my ceph. I was adding charcoal in there..but then read that some neps apparently hate it.....so I removed as much as I could...and so yeah...basically ended up with like 70% or 80% sphag + 20% bark + the magic trich. I put trich powder while making the mix and then I also put some trich powder directly on the plants roots when I potted it.

    BTW...remember my ceph repotting...the ceph has recovered. Even the pitchers are still intact, open and nice. I hope the streak continues and I hope this pitcher stays as well.

    Any help...any suggestions...any ideas....any to do's.....any DO NOT EVERs are all appreciated.

    thanks guys,

    vraev

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    btw...lol! that pond basket pot which I used, lol! I think my rajah would appreciate that more. But well... its all good.

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    Who told you neps hate charcoal? Thats definitely not true in general. I'm not discounting the possibility of maybe a handful of species not liking it, but thats far from likely IMO, as charcoal is relatively inert. I've used a good amount of charcoal in my mix for a long time with no ill effects. Its a component of a lot of people's mixes, and I've never heard of anyone having problems with it. Some people *think* charcoal breaks down and releases a crazy amount of nutrients or something into the soil, but that's not the case.

    Wth is trich? Trichinella?
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    My wife and I tried charcoal (more on curiosity than because of good reason) for a few years with about 30 different plants of a few dozen Nepenthes species and hybrids. We tried a pumice, charcoal, and Sphagnum mix in a 1:1:1 ratio. After two years, we knocked the plants out of their pots and looked at the root systems. The Nepenthes hated it---they had stopped growing almost immediately after the repotting, and we discovered that the roots had refused to explore the new potting material. We repotted the plants into a Sphagnum and pumice medium, and the plants resumed growth.
    http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq3330.html

    Barry Rice says that.


    Trich is trichoderma.

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    Barry Rice also says windowsill growing shouldn't be done or should be "left to the experts". I like and respect the guy, but some of his nep culture info is totally off. Like I said, I've never heard of anyone else having charcoal problems, myself included. I've had neps potted in charcoal-containing mixes for approx 2 years with no ill effects. They never stopped growth. I can't draw a comparison between nep roots not growing anymore and charcoal being in the mix. I think if the charcoal caused that, which is totally unlikely, that would be the first and only case of that ever happening. What is way more likely is that during that time it was watered too much, or that mix held more water than the second, as neps constantly provided moisture have underdeveloped root systems.

    On another note...is "blunder" still vernacular
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    well...ppl don't really say "blunder" in NA. I am more used to british english from India and we do indeed use the word occasionally.

    well....I agree...Barry Rice may not be very good with neps..but well.... I just didn't want to risk it you know...I guess I went the safe route. My neps so far are doing decent in 100% sphagnum. So I went heavy on sphag. I also read on Danz's website that talang likes a lot of sphag in its mix..so thats why I went with close to 80% sphag and just random bits of 2 grades of orchid bark.

    I just didn't want to take any chances. This nep is too cute to try an experiment.

    BTW....as u can see the stem is sooo BENT, is that alright? is it any thing to worry about? the growth point looks fine though. I don't want the plant to consider making basals becos of the bent stem and rather grow and come back.

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    The bent part shouldn't matter at all.

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    great. thanks.

    BTW>...the pitcher bud tip thingy is a bit hairy and kinda WHITE.... is it fungus or is it normal?

    thanks,

    var

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