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    Lots of Nepenthes questions.

    Hello everyone, I'm getting some windowsill nepenthes this month, and I can't really decide what to get...

    So far, these are the plants I'm getting:

    N. ramispina
    N. spectabilis x ventricosa

    And I have to decide 1 from these plants...

    N. spectabilis
    N. fusca
    N. copelandii
    N. stenophylla
    N. maxima, lagaspi


    The problem is, I don't even know of some of those neps will do well on a windowsill..

    a couple of people have told me that maxima, and spec will do well though.

    I really love stenophylla.. spectabilis, not as much.. and fusca, almost as much as the spec. I really love the copleandii, probly as much as I like the spec.. and the store's maxima I'm buys from looks really cool.

    Anyway, opinions and stuff would really help please!

    ALSO, what is your favourite nep soil mix to use?

    ---------- Post added at 07:39 AM ---------- Previous post was at 07:36 AM ----------

    here's what that awsome maxima looks likes...


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    Devon,

    Some of those plants on the list really do need a drop in temperature at night to do well, but they might acclimate over time if less-than-ideal conditions are at least consistent. If you can provide that, why not get the one you really want? The only plants on your list with which I have experience are N. spectabilis and N. maxima, and I would hesitate to put N. spectabilis on a windowsill. They seem to be very sensitive to drying out, which is something to consider when plants are growing out in the open. I lost one when I inadvertently let the medium get dry just one time, and it was in an enclosure providing ideal conditions for the plant. However, having said that, simply placing the plant in a large pot rather than a small one will make such a mistake much less likely.

    I've since discovered something that seems to work very well that you might want to try for your windowsill plants. I used to have a fogger in my ultra-highland tank, and when the last one crapped out I decided to abandon technology and just hand-mist my plants at night and let them take their chance. Misting them once until beads appear on the leaves and then closing things up seems to work just as well as having a fogger running a couple of times each night.

    It might go against conventional wisdom concerning the management of pathogens, but I mist all my plants now at night before I go to bed, including my cephs (lightly), which are never entirely enclosed, and my lowland neps, some of which are growing as houseplants. Sometimes I do it in the early morning, too, while the highland plants are still cool. I let everything dry out during the day. I've been doing this for about six months and all the plants seem to be extremely happy with the arrangement. I suspect it is because it mimics the natural dew cycle they would experience in the wild.

    Having said all that, my advice is: do what makes you most happy and figure out a way to make it work.

    Glen

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    Don't be fooled by what you read on the internets, Spectibilis is not that easy to grow let alone pitcher. Mine is just barely getting by, if you're going to buy one, make sure its a big one, because they take a hit from the acclimation process. I will comment and say I did not bag mine, but any easy to grow plant shouldn't have needed it in the first place and it caught me off guard.

    Maxima would be the one I would pick from that list. The other two are also solid choices for growing and they will grow like houseplants and you won't have to maintain them at all.

    Seriously considering getting the Maxima though, it's pretty much the typical pitcher you think of when you think of Nepenthes from a book. It grows very fast, has very large, pleasant to look at pitchers, and the leaves have the additional effect of bronzing/reddening under good lighting, which is what my x Miranda and Maxima do now. It's better to have a more common nep that grows very well for you, than have some rare ones that look like crap. I kind of learned the hard way and I have a deep rooted love for the simple species and hybrids now.

    My favorite nep mix to use is straight out of the bag cedar bark and a handful of sphagnum moss. I crap you not, this actually works. The ratio is around 50/50. The bark don't even gots to be cedar lol. You just need a water holding ingredient, and a drainage ingredient. Peat moss or LFS, and then something like perlite or bark, or sand sometimes even work. I read a lot about some people recommending like, 4 different ingredients and it's a headache. Lelani even grows some of their plants in pure perlite (expensive) and coral chips (super hard water) and their neps get by.
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    N. copelandii and N.maxima are the best choices.....the others can be a little more tricky without high humidity or cool nights.

    My favorite nep mix is a 3 parts pine mulch, 1 part peat, and 2 parts small lava rock chunks. I use a 1in layer of LFS on top for moisture retention. Adding the lava rock keeps the mix from breaking down as fast since it doesn't decompose.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    awsome, thanks so much guys. really appreciate it. I'm definetly fgoing for a maxima...

    But what about the copelandii, stenophylla and fusca? would they do well on a windosill?

    thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon.B View Post
    awsome, thanks so much guys. really appreciate it. I'm definetly fgoing for a maxima...

    But what about the copelandii, stenophylla and fusca? would they do well on a windosill?

    thanks.
    Copelandii would for sure, but the other two require cooler nights and high humidity (at least 68%) to pitcher.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    @exo: thanks. I'm super exited now that I know copelandii will do well on a windowsill...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon.B View Post
    @exo: thanks. I'm super exited now that I know copelandii will do well on a windowsill...
    It's a pretty fast grower and one of the easiest neps to grow, just make sure the window gets some direct sun and it will do great.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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