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Thread: Spectabilis or Singalana?

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    i think your getting it backwards, singalana needs more humidity than spectabilis... spectabilis just seems to take longer to settle in and grow for some people, and i have to agree, it can be a bit of a pain to settle in and pitcher, but i think its more or less because some people dont acclimate it right.... my spectabilis north sumatra did amazingly well as a windowsill plant for over a year, then i moved it into my greenhouse after i built it... singalana, really does need decent humidity to pitcher, and IMO decent is 50%+ so your 65% humidity should be perfectly fine, provided you mist your plant (should you go with singalana) or add a nice top dressing of live sphag (really kicks up the RH IMO)
    atleast they will pitcher though in moderate humidity, unlike those darned talangensis plants xD

    this spectabilis north sumatra pitcher formed in whatever the humidity is in my garage, like 50% if that...is one of the pitchers from the basal that is taking over, the main vine is starting to go downhill.... flowered itself into poor health haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    i think your getting it backwards, singalana needs more humidity than spectabilis... spectabilis just seems to take longer to settle in and grow for some people, and i have to agree, it can be a bit of a pain to settle in and pitcher, but i think its more or less because some people dont acclimate it right.... my spectabilis north sumatra did amazingly well as a windowsill plant for over a year, then i moved it into my greenhouse after i built it... singalana, really does need decent humidity to pitcher, and IMO decent is 50%+ so your 65% humidity should be perfectly fine, provided you mist your plant (should you go with singalana) or add a nice top dressing of live sphag (really kicks up the RH IMO)
    atleast they will pitcher though in moderate humidity, unlike those darned talangensis plants xD

    this spectabilis north sumatra pitcher formed in whatever the humidity is in my garage, like 50% if that...is one of the pitchers from the basal that is taking over, the main vine is starting to go downhill.... flowered itself into poor health haha.
    Ooh, thanks for clearing that up! I had it in my head that Singalana would be more adaptable to lower humidity just be a slow grower, probably because it looks fairly ****** ^^ Your Spectabilis looks great! I love the shape of the pitchers almost as much as the colouring! What method would you recommend to acclimatise a Spectabilis? I have access to a greenhouse but it's in my front garden, a row of bushes away from the street, so I'm pretty uneasy about a Nep living there long term.. Again, thanks for the advice

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    Here is one of my favorite lower pitchers this plant made....


    upper trap of the same plant

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    SK, you have instilled new found respect for N. Spectabilis in me. Kudos.
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    They're gorgeous! The thinner upper pitchers compared to the lowers are great

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    You have succesfully set my heart on getting a spectabilis!

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    an upper trap from my female Gunung Sinabung clone.... there will be children of these two clones here shortly :P


    and here is one of my old singalana tujuh photos, i miss this plant... sucks that i had to sell it

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    Looking amazing! Congratulations on the upcoming young'ens! :P How would you recommend acclimatizing a Spectabillis? Sorry for all the questions, I'm fairly new to the CP world ^^

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    well my north sumatra i just let it do its thing in a sink or swim sort of thing, and it came from a good friend of mine who had already hardened it off incredibly well, so there wasnt too much stress to it... it really does prefer highland conditions though, but honestly if you start out with a smaller plant, it will probably be a bit easier to acclimate it to your conditions because you can do what i have always done with medium/small plants and that is cover the pot in a clear ziploc or other form of bag that will hold its shape, and over time add holes into the bag until the RH inside the bag is the same as outside, generally by that time the nep is pretty well hardened off. or any other plant for that matter. spectabilis will more than likely sit for a few months and do nothing, my north sumatra did for a few months, and my gunung sinabung plant pitchers here and there but its a little more difficult to get a spectabilis to make upper traps than it is to make lower traps IMO and IME.... humidity and temps for both of my plants is the same for either plant at any given time, in the garage during late fall through early spring, the plants get temps in the 60s - 70s during the day, and high 40s to low 50s at night, humidity generally in the 50-65% range....

    and like i said, it really does prefer highland conditions, it will do a lot better for you with a good temperature drop at night, into the low 60s or upper 50s would be ideal, but mid 60s or so would be fine as well.... This plant does like to produce basals once i gets into the vining stage, i would generally leave one basal only as they will exhaust the main vine, and kill it off, but that just means the basal will take over as the main vine, and you can allow a new basal to emerge and continue the process, plus the other basals you can cut off and root for more plants an added bonus.

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