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Thread: N. northiana - grown under different lighting conditions

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    Burnt clay is just burnt earth. But not garden soil. It all started when someone here gave up on their northiana growing in perlite and LFS and turned to this burnt clay. He was inspired by a Malaysian who grew his northiana using clay he finds in his back garden (he lives in Sarawak). The northiana grew with ease and pitchered on every leaf.

    N. northiana has been considered "difficult", "princess", "grouch" etc by growers like myself, who are living in ultralowland conditions. We all focussed on the humidity, light, water and finally decided that "what the heck!"...just use burnt earth. Voila! Even N. campanulata and N. merrilliana do very well in it!

    Having said that, we could have gone very wrong with the media but we have tried all sort of peat/LFS/cocochip based media and none worked. The plants never looked good and never pitchered.
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    Anyone would still prefer the compact plant?

    Pitcher of compact plant under T5 lights.


    Pitcher of plant getting filtered sunlight through a tinted window.
    Cindy

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    Congratulations Cindy! Well done! - Rich
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    But what is burnt clay? Terra cotta?

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    Hmm...I never thought of it but it does resemble terra cotta in colour. Just as hard...but the texture is like lava rock. Porous.

    The burnt earth/clay/soil are the red rocks in the pic below. The size can vary from 2" large ones to tiny powdery bits.

    Cindy

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    I wish this stuff was commercially available in horticultural grade (without dyes or toxins). I'd love to get my hands on some of this! - Rich
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    Interestingly, the burnt clay is supposed to be mineral free after being heated. So how N. northiana manages to do so well in it...it is a mystery.
    Cindy

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