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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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.
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.
Yes, Ant, there is an experiment online, with bicals, they put one in ideal condtions and another in lesser conditions.
Grew: 87.9% Foliage and Pitchers
Grew: 54.7% Foliage and Pitchers
if you keep a bical root bound in a small pot it will stay smaller. each time i repot my bicals, they have huge leaf size jumps.
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um, carnivoure. What was the starting size of both, plants? or the time span they were grown like that? I am saying a bical wont just fill up a window in a single year, and if kept in not so ideal conditions is a very nice plant.