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    Seedlings! Roots! Wow!

    I recently traded a few Nepenthes seedlings. I got to inspect their roots as well. I was surprised to find...







    They have surprisingly large root systems. At least, larger than I expected to find.

    My fingers are about 1/2" across at the joint (for a size comparison).
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    Wow, that really is long o.o Thanks for sharing!
    Last edited by Capensis; 11-25-2008 at 05:50 PM. Reason: Nevermind
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    They are N. splendiana complex hybrids. The first two are N. splendiana x ((veitchii x maxima) x veitchii), and the last one is either N. splendiana x mixta or N. splendiana x medusa.
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    I saw a root system on a seedgrown hamata seedling that was an inch across and an inch down.

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    I bet you did!

    It makes you see just how ill-prepared fresh TC plants are for real-world growing. SG plants have a large root system to rely on, so they are easier to adapt to new conditions. Not that TC is bad.
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    I carefully pried (Lol!) these two seedlings when I was separating them to trade. Well, I managed not to break their roots, but I didn't want to separate them:



    Wow.
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    Ya know, I tried germinating these things this past summer. Nothing happened. What were your conditions?

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    Same as the D. ordensis, pretty much. I find that using a large pot with LFS works very well for Nep seeds, although a peat/vermiculite mix works decently (appears to produce weaker roots, but too early to tell). Peat/perlite is a nightmare; the perlite inevitably rises to the top. Also, top-watering and 'harsh' spraying (with droplets coarse, not a mist) seems to encourage germinations. Seeds do germinate in a tray, but they develop better roots when the pot has good drainage. Oh, and putting granulate media below a few inches of pure LFS is a practice of mine when it come to Nep seeds and large pots.

    And then, just give them warmth (around 90-95F days, 75-80F nights) and humidity. They germinated consistently after about 6 weeks, but I still get germinations every week. These were very easy, fertile seeds for me.

    I got pretty much nothing with the N. splendiana x mixta seeds that Tropics so kindly sent with the N. splendiana x ((veitchii x maxima) x veitchii) seeds.
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