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    Quote Originally Posted by vraev View Post
    Back in the day when mine grew and pitchered very well, I found that it loved day temps in 80s during day and night temps in 50s. Also, it enjoys the highest amount of light you can give it....and I really mean a much as you can. Unfortunately my argentii died when it dried out during my cuba vacation and the growth point went black to never come back.


    I have mine out in the scorching sun from 1-2pmish until sunset, up to 80 during the day, and somewhere in the 60's at night lately. It's been at my house at least a month and still not grown a hair. Gets watered plenty too.

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    I went and looked through my Nepenthes bible: Pitcher plants of the old world vol. 1&2
    By Stewert Mcpherson

    It seems that N. argentii is yet another one of those carnivorous plants that grows
    in a high alkaline environment with serpentine rock.

    I will make a few quotes:


    "Sibuyon Island... on the summits of Mt. Guiting—altitudes of 1400-1900 m. The upper slopes of these peaks are completely exposed,
    wild and windswept, and consist of dense swathes of severely stunted upper montane scrub, to 40 cm tall,
    punctuated by razor sharp serpentine protrusions, boulders and rock falls. Nepenthes argentii
    has evolved to survive this extreme habitat as one of the smallest of all Nepenthes,
    the rosettes of mature plants rarely exceeding 25 cm in diameter."

    He also goes on to say:

    "....grows in shallow, nutrient poor, rocky substrate, nestled amidst surrounding vegetation and rocks,
    sheltered slightly from the worst extremes of the harsh climate—
    "plants tolerate strong usually strong direct sunlight..."
    "— Highland windy habitat..."

    I would think that maybe your plant is not getting its basic requirments, (no pun intended) rather than acidity.
    Maybe try crushing up some serpentine rock— thats what i do with my more alkaline plants.

    Hope this helps
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    Could you give some examples of serpentine rock? What works for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redflytrap View Post
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    I would think that maybe your plant is not getting its basic requirments, (no pun intended) rather than acidity.
    Maybe try crushing up some serpentine rockó thats what i do with my more alkaline plants.

    Hope this helps
    But where do I get some?

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    just because it is found in those environments doesnt necessarily equate that environment being optimal conditions for the plants. northiana and campanulata are two that come to mind (both grow on limestone cliffs).

    thez: i believe serpentine can be found in California itself. it's normally bluish/green in color. otherwise, you can use crushed limestone.
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    I personally found both N. campanulata and N. argentii to grow well in just sphagnum moss/perlite/charcoal/orchid bark mix. This is the standard mix I use for every nep and so far it seems to be good for all the species I have tried.
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    Awesome info guys, I'm starting to get some ideas on what this plant seems to like the most.


    BTW....I heard somewhere that argetii only pitchers if it's tendrils can burrow into moss....can anyone confirm or deny this?
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Well....in my case...it didn't really BURY...but all pitchers that formed were resting on a bed of sphagnum moss.


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