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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    cutting the vine when it actually vines. and by the time its 5 feet tall , it will probably be about 4 feet in diameter or more. im not 100% sure how fast it grows though
    THis wont kill or stunt the plant will it?

    I doubt i could grow bical in a hanging basket...

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    I have heard of growing bicalcs in less than ideal conditions to slow their growth. However they are notoriously quick growing. One option is to grow it until it gets too large, then trade it away for massive quantities of smaller plants or ebay it for massive quantities of money. Although, keep in mind that shipping such a huge plant is no small endeavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWurm View Post
    I have heard of growing bicalcs in less than ideal conditions to slow their growth. However they are notoriously quick growing. One option is to grow it until it gets too large, then trade it away for massive quantities of smaller plants or ebay it for massive quantities of money. Although, keep in mind that shipping such a huge plant is no small endeavor.
    what about cuttings? could i trade cuttings for smaller plants on the forum?

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    sure, the diameter of bicalcarata will be plenty huge even with cutting.

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    It sounds to me like you've already made up your mind about the bical and are trying to justify it by asking questions on how to keep from shooting up and becoming the giants that they're destined to become. Why not go with something smaller?
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    no burden heavier than that of conscious life. "
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    I grow my bical at intermediate/highland condtions. Day temps are around 80F and night is around 65F. THe plant does grow slower...but its good enough for me. For the past 1 year it has been growing at an average of 75F during day and 60F during night. Recently last month when I moved in to my new apartment, the temps during day went up almost to around 80-82F and the bical suddenly accelerated in growth rate and size...the newest leaf it made is 12 inches long. The leaf before it was around 7-8 inches. I guess it also depends on the clone you get. SOme clones (like mine) seem to be pretty tough and take highland conditions pretty well. However, others might be stricter and require hotter temps. But one thing is for sure....this plant does require and PREFER lowland conditions for longterm success.

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    ugh, you guys are making bical sound like it will outgrow you conditions in a year. It has almost been a year with my bical and the only change is pitcher size.

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    I'd imagine that's probably because you're keeping it in less than ideal conditions like Varun mentioned. If you were to kick it into a lowland greenhouse, you'd have a monster on your hands in no time.

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