I received my two hybrids off of ebay today! They were in the same bag so each plant was not specifically labeled but:
Here's what I believe to be N. spectabilis x talangensis
The leaves look in good condition, the plant seems strong, and healthy, I was surprised by how little roots it had though. The growth tip looks pretty green, so I'm not too worried.... Yet.
Now this is what I think is N. ampullaria x talangensis. The plant has three pitchers on it, and most of the leaves look green and healthy. Unfortunately the growth tip and the most recent leaves look an unhealthy color. I would guess this is because of the temps it experienced on the flight from Mississippi to SE Alaska, as well as the ampullaria heritage.
This shows the contrast between the color of the latest leaf, and the one which bares the largest pitcher.
Here is the largest pitcher. So far I like the coloration, and although I have no personal experience with ampullaria, it doesn't appear to me to be at all the pure species.
Here's an update on my ventricosa from flytrapshop.com, as you can see it hasn't grown much at all, the growth tip has been stunted and slow for months.
But it did push up a basal that seems to be doing pretty good just recently. I was thinking about maybe removing the basal so that the growth tip is the plant's main focus, and then maybe trying to turn the basal into a rooted cutting? If you guys think this is a bad idea, I wont.
Here's the terrarium that I put them all in for now. It's about 78 degrees during the day, 60ish at night. With Variable humidity that never drops below 55% but usually in the 80's to 99%. As you can see my N. bical is outgrowing my largest terrarium, even in the relatively dismal "intermediate" conditions. I have a feeling that the terrarium could be a good place for the ampullaria x talangensis
Here's the measly lighting. Two clamp lamps with different types and sizes of Compact florescent bulbs. I will probably get more and better lights soon, but they haven't been the worst so far.
As you can see my method of keeping in humidity is primitive and most inefficient, I need another extension cord so I can run my fan in, or perhaps create a new terrarium altogether for the spectabilis x talangensis and maybe the ventricosa?
Comments/critique/ideas are welcome
To take the basal off the vent or not?
Take the ventricosa out and make it a house plant?
Provide more intense highland conditions in a separate environment for the Spect x talang?
Focus on raising the constant temperature of the 'lowland' terrarium for the new amp x talang?