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    Pot size: Does it matter?

    Did a search and didn't see anything on this topic. So - is it possible to overpot neps? My neps are still fairly small, the biggest has a 7" span, the smallest 2", but all of them have their own 6" pot. I figured this way they could just grow into them unrestricted, plus it allows me to water less since I'm out of town so much.

    Do you think it matters?

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    It matters for some things. I just unpotted a globosa that had tubers busting through the top of the soil, and the bottom 1" of the pot was nothing but roots...somehow they displaced the soil.

    I don't think you can overpot (in a negative way). Like you, many people do that to avoid watering so much.
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    I don't know if it is true, but I was told one time that for most Neps a good rule is to pot them in a pot close to as wide as the plant is across.?.
    I don't want EVERY Sarracenia, just everyone that I see!!
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    i repot my plant just so i don't have to water them everyday. I water them every other day...
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    Well a nursery in hawaii she sasid that the leafs should be within the pot so I am just saying what I haerd from a reputable and knowledgable nep nursery. But they also said that large pots are neede and long leafed neps are a exeption they just say large pots are good in short. Repot every other day friday Thats a little nutty ,I think every year or so. If water is a problem just get a no hole grass flat try then just put pots in there.

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    Pot size should be directly addressed to how large the root system is not the vegetative aerial portion of the plant. I'm not going to plant a Nepenthes that is 3 feet tall and 2 feet across in a 2 foot diameter pot if its root system only occupies a quarts worth of soil volume. A general rule is, whatever size the root system will fit into (pot diameter) comfortably, the grower should up the size 2 sizes. Over potting isn't necessarily good, the soil needs to breathe and dry out between waterings, consistently moist isn't really good. Most lowlanders can take that type of soil, but highlanders really appreciate the air infiltration and drying.

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    Psh. You guys and your finicky highlanders
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