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Thread: Nepenthes robcantleyi (formerly known as Black Truncata)

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    I've had it about a year, don't remember specifics. It was about 3.5" across when I got it, and it's about 5.5" across now. Pitcher size has increased dramatically, though. Considering how many of my other plants have grown in less time, I'd classify this is a slow growing species, but not as slow as lowii or macrophylla.

    As for the release of this hybrid from BE: I don't know what the big mystery is. I mean, when you grow plants from seed (and this is especially true of Nepenthes, from what I've seen) there will be some that get large, fast. And there will be many that grow at a similar pace, and then there will be plenty of late starters and slow developers. Some plants may be 2" across in little more than a year, while some will take three times that to reach the same diameter. So this is what we see when a grower makes multiple "releases" of a species: those shipped three years after the first batch are the late bloomers, which just took longer to reach a marketable size. There is no mystery; these are almost certainly from the same seed lot, the same sowing.

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    Thanks for the info. Guess I got a late bloomer.

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    thanks paul for the info on your plant,and your comments on seed grown plants make perfect sense,i was not trying to kick off another conspiracy debate just an observation,it will be interesting to see if these late starters speed up or in fact are weaker plants that will never reach the size of the faster starters,i would expect weaker plants from seed grown,we will see
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    Seed grown doesn't nesisarily mean weaker plants nor does it really mean the plant will be ant smaller. Look at the wimpy kids. Sometimes they turn out to be massive adults. But it us great variability with seed grown. I have yo add pics of mine soon.

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    i mean i would expect some to be weaker than others,that is a sign of variability as well as slightly different morphology,cold hardiness etc,given a choice i would rather have a seedling that took a year to reach 3 inch cross than a seedling that took 3 years to reach the same size,but you are correct jb there is a strong possibility that the small plants will speed up and could very well be just as strong if not stronger than the ones that started off quicker imo,i was quite a big kid and now a wimpy adult here is an old pic of mine
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    Just got my email back from the California vendor I bought my plant from. It is indeed a seed grown plant. Peter also menctioned that this is from the original release from be. So although my plant is alittle on the smaller size it is a few years old.

    Paul hit it on the head....twice.

    There was only one release, and all plants are seed grown.

    So now I love the fact that mine is seed grown, just hope it hits a growth spurt soon!
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    i am sure it will jcal,and yes it is cool to have seed grown plants,i also think the robcantleyi hybrids are seed grown ,double cool i have two

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    My N. robcantlyii when I recurved it.


    My rob currently.





    Had it a few months. Date of acquisition is my grow list . But I got it this year.

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