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    xvart, I root my rare/uncommon/cranky/stubborn plants in perlite. The rest are rooted in tap water. I have got very good success rate with the latter but I just don't want to risk even 1% chance of rot.

    Capensis, I'll have to pot up the raff sooner or later. It is going to need some organic media if it has to reach its full potential. I was told that the pitchers are going to be very dark, like the peristome of the hookeriana I showed.
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    NOOO wait a bit on the raff nepenthes don't get their nutrients from the soil and a nepenthes cutting can produce leaves and pitchers before it roots and often it then gets dug up and the root formation is disturbed. I would wait until it forms a couple more leaves or another pitcher... just wait a bit longer
    Does tap water help them root or do you just have no distilled or RO?
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    Thanks for the response, Cindy. I'll have to keep that in mind. You say you water everyday with pure perlite? I guess I didn't realize the perlite has any water retention capabilities (or very little...), which would suggest the watering everyday (duh!).

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    NOOO wait a bit on the raff nepenthes don't get their nutrients from the soil and a nepenthes cutting can produce leaves and pitchers before it roots and often it then gets dug up and the root formation is disturbed. I would wait until it forms a couple more leaves or another pitcher... just wait a bit longer
    I'm pretty sure Cindy knows what she's doing...

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    D_muscipula, Neps do need nutrients from the media don't they? I have no idea if it works the same with distilled water but my tap water is relatively soft and safe for use on most CPs.

    xvart, I don't water every day because the humidity here is quite high year round. I allow the water level in the container (transparent so that I can monitor it) to drop completely before I top up. I wouldn't advise just anyone to do the same especially if the ambient humidity is much lower. Dropping the water level brings in new supply of air and that encourages the formation of roots. I find that cuttings that root in perlite transplant much better than those rooted in water. I do lose 1-2 cuttings from water to media, either that or they take a longer time to start growing or pitchering.
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    More pics.

    N. veitchii (I think this is a pure veitchii and not the hybrid with hurrelliana)


    N. truncata


    N. x kuchingensis


    N. bicalcarata x ampullaria
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    N. x bauensis


    N. truncata x mira


    N. rafflesiana var. nivea - a fav of mine, no speckling at all on the pitcher body






    N. x ventrata


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    Two flies one pitcher. Minus the crap eating. obregon562's Avatar
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    damn! nice plants! even your ventrata looks great!!!
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    NOOO wait a bit on the raff nepenthes don't get their nutrients from the soil and a nepenthes cutting can produce leaves and pitchers before it roots and often it then gets dug up and the root formation is disturbed. I would wait until it forms a couple more leaves or another pitcher... just wait a bit longer
    Balogna. Ever seen a nep get a HUGE growth burst from slow release fertilizer (in the soil) like osmacote? I have. They certainly take in some nutrients from the soil, just not to the same extant as regular plants.

    Cindy, those pics are AWESOME!

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    Awesome looking plants Cindy! I love the raff too! But they all look great. I wish my ventrata looked like yours. I think it is time to change my mix. Been doing alot of reading about that lately. thanks for sharing.
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