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    Are neps for me?

    Are Nepenthes slow growers for you guys? I'm certainly not very happy with the performance of mine. In a year's time my highlanders don't grow very much!...but they're small yet. I've had two indoors, and they grow quickly compared to the ones outdoors.

    I'm thinking of sticking with Sarracenia, dews, Pings, Drosophyllum...maybe Cephs. I love the plants and have room for them to vine but they just don't seem to grow too great in San Diego.

    What do you think?
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 12-12-2010 at 09:09 PM. Reason: Nomenclature adjustment

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDCPs View Post
    What do you think?
    Have you been to Joel's site? He's in SD and Thez visited him a month or so ago (there's a thread around here someplace).
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    Many Nepenthes are generally pretty slow growers. Especially compared to most other carnivorous plants.

    I've found that (and I'm sure almost every other Nepenthes grower can agree) Nepenthes require a certain amount of patience and dedication to grow.

    I have a N. hamata the size of a dime... I just have to wait, wait, wait wait. But I'm more than happy to!

    San Diego is not really the worst place to grow Neps. I mean look at thez, and as RL mentioned, Nepenthesaroundthehouse, both grow beautiful Nepenthes in San Diego.

    If you're impatient or having difficulties, I would suggest growing a lowlander like N. rafflesiana or N. ampullaria inside of a terrarium, they generally grow really fast compared to most other Nepenthes.
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 12-12-2010 at 09:10 PM. Reason: Nomenclature adjustment
    LOOKING FOR: N. (argentii x bicalcarata) x {[(lingulata x edwardsiana) x (naga x hamata)] x [(klossii x undulatifolia) x (aristolochioides x rajah)]} Growlist: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124586

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    Nepenthes are long-lived plants that don't really start to take off until they reach adulthood. I've been keeping Neps for seven years and my biggest, healthiest plants are only just now beginning to show their full potential. Bear in mind that most little terrarium-sized rosettes are still in their infancy.
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    SD is the one of the best places to grow plants (non-CP, and CP), of course including neps. Depending on your growing conditions, a given species may grow fast or slow. Once you provide a nep the optimal growing conditions, it grows super fast. With little equipment, most neps can grow well outside. SD's weather is very suitable to grow highlanders. Almost year around sunny days allow neps to grow robust and colorful. I grow all my HL neps outdoor. To keep humidity (you know, SD is pretty dry), they are put in a big plastic box, embeded in moss. They receive the direct sunlight for about 4 hours per day and the temperature is completely controlled by the weather.

    The following link has my growing environment for neps:
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    they are put in a big plastic box, embeded in moss
    With the top off, I presume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dionae View Post
    With the top off, I presume.
    Yes, the moss as top dressing, and also fills the gaps of pots (So the humidity generally will achieve about 50%-60% in the direct sunlight at noon). See the pic:

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    Thats beautiful Zhilin!

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