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    Bicalcarata conditions

    i was wondering, for a bical, i wanted to grow this as a windowsil plant for now. my room temperature right now(winter) is a bout 66F and a 79% humidity with about 11 hours of daylight(not dirrect).

    could it grow here or would i need heatlamps n' stuff?

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    I think you'd have more luck in slightly warmer conditions, that humidity should be good enough though.

    Also, I hope you have a big window as bicalcs are quick growers and get huge.

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    I got some big windows so i think i'll do fine, thanks!

    (wanted to make sure before i go and order one so i dont see it die the next day after i get it)

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    Bical gets huge evergreen, larger than i believe you think, largest growing plants in the genus (not pitchers, just the plant itself), they can grow 20 meters into the forest canopy, 3.5 cm Internodes and 40cm long internodes, and gets about 8 feet in diameter
    Bicalcarata likes hot muggy conditions 75-90F Constant with high humidity, and needs a huge pot. hates being disturbed.

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    Remember, HUGE. If you're looking to grow this pant long term, you'll need a greenhouse.

    I'd say considering the time of year and your temp, you'll probably do fine without supplemental heating, but i'll leave that up to the experts.

    http://www.nepenthesaroundthehouse.com/nbical.htm

    Judging by that I'd say you can get away with those conditions, however Kris is right. If you want your bicalc to thrive, pump up the heat and the humidity.

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    how fast does it get "huge"? does lower temp/ humidity slow growth? i could probly grow it until it get 5 ft tall and then maybe need a green house. is there any ways to "prune" it if possible?

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    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

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    GP_Princess's bical is growing in almost 90 degree temps day time with 89% humidity strong birght light for 12hrs and at night its 100% humidity with 80 degree temps. And Kris is right it hates being repotted.. When i repotted hers it didnt stress to bad at all only the lower old leafs with old pitchers died off but within 1 week it was back to normal and has put out several new leafs and new pitchers and is just buzzing right along like clock work..
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