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Thread: Which nepenthes to start out with and why?

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    Which nepenthes to start out with and why?

    I cannot decide between N. atala, N. X ventrata, N. X Judith Finn, N. X ventricosa and N. X sanguiena.

    Can you suggest a species and maybe talk about your experience with them?
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    They're all good choices, but N. x "Judith Finn" might not be the most gratifying choice for a beginner. It's a sturdy hybrid and will grow reliably even in poor conditions, but it can be finicky about pitchering so you might get frustrated with it. I've had one for about six years and have probably had a total of six pitchers from it. It's getting huge, though. XD
    I suggest you get whichever is cheapest, preferably whichever will allow you to get more than one plant. When you're just starting out, it's good to get a few that are similar so if one becomes unhappy you still have the others to enjoy. Also, having multiple plants can help you tell if problems are due to general conditions (like not enough light) or individual causes (like a pest infestation or bad media.)
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    If you're ordering, I'd definitely pick up a couple of them. That way if one doesn't make it you've got backups and it's more fun anyway as you'll have more growing to watch.

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    I vote Judith Finn. The others, while easy, are a little.....boring.
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    Personally, I started with N. x 'Judith Finn' and N. ventricosa. As said, the 'Judith Finn' is finicky about pitchering, but it's kind hard to kill. Mine is inflating a pitcher atm, but we'll see how that goes.
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    N. alata, N. ventricosa and N. sanguinea are not hybrids....just saying...and all are good choices.
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    Personally I like ventricosa and its hybrids. With nice color and pitcher shapes I don't find them boring or plain at all.

    In general, you want to stick to the easy species like those being mentioned or hybrids incorporating one of the easy species as a parent. They do not have to both be easy parents, hybrid vigor should make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    N. alata, N. ventricosa and N. sanguinea are not hybrids....just saying...and all are good choices.
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