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    Talking Easiest to hardest nep?

    I thought it would be cool and useful to make a list of nepenthes from easiest to hardest to grow. I don't really know many because I only have one. I thought this might be helpful to someone who wants to find out what nep to get next (me). So please post a list of neps from easiest to grow to hardest to grow.
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    Hmmm... Really difficult to say because of growing conditions. One plant that is easy for one person, can be super difficult for another. Even if they are the same clone people can have almost exact growing conditions and one may have an easier time growing it. For plants that are seed grown that throws everything out the window. Same genus may come from different elevations or just for whatever reason be more adapted to a given set of conditions.

    Experience with Nepenthes also lends to how easy it is to grow them. So someone who has raised say a ventrata for 3 years could possibly (notice I said could possibly) jump to another "level" of difficulty after being able to recognize how the plant reacts. Thus dropping a given plant more towards the "easy" scale when it may indeed be harder to grow for some people.

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    Well I like N. Bicalcarata. Does that have lot's of requirements like high humidity or temperature changes?
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    Bicals likes it hot and moist. With partly shaded conditions. It grows to be a monster when grown right. I just started growing mine in totally different conditions than when I first started growing them in and hoping they take off like they should. They are supposed to be some super fast growers when grown right.
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    Again, what JP said. The micro environments that Neps grow in are variable. One type of cultivation may work great for one person and may not work for another. The same for different species. One person may be able to grow a spcific species easily whereas another may have difficulty.
    A prime example is me with N. hamata. I always thought it was a difficult plant due to what I've read. But in my micro environment I have 3 and they are thriving for a year and a half now. I now consider N. hamata an easy plant for me.
    Some plants I consider easy:
    1) N. ventrata
    2) N. rafflesiana
    3) N. bicalcarata.
    4) N. "marbled dragon"
    5) N. sanguinea
    6) N. ampullaria
    7) N. ramispina
    Some I consider difficult for me:
    1) N. "medusa"
    2) N. lowii
    3) N. rajah

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    So I might make a greenhouse for neps, but am I supposed to put lights in it or just use sunlight? I really like N. Bicalcarata, so that would probably do well in a greenhouse right?
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    Noone's mentioned N. Villosa?

    I bet trying to grow a Villosa in the middle of some desert would be the most trouble.

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    I think more people have success, which is very, very few, with N. villosa compared to N. pervillei and N. madagascariensis (long term, that it), particularly the former which almost NO one has.

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