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    Spectabilis or Singalana?

    In a few weeks I'll be heading down to the Hampton Court flower show and I'm planning on buying another Nepenthes there. I've looked at the online stores that going to be setting up gardens and I can't decide between getting a N. Spectabilis or Singalana, I love the colours of the Spectabillis but the teeth on the Singalana's peristome are just amazing... Anyone have any particular preference? Which would grow happier/faster at lowish humidity? Thanks in advance for any replies

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    I can't say for N. spectabilis, but the N. singalana I have pouts pretty bad in low humidity, and it's killed the pitchers every time I let the humidity drop. I will say N. spectabilis is probably going to be a much faster grower and less picky.

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    Of my Nepenthes, my spectabilis is the most picky so far. It took over a year after purchase to acclimate and pitcher for me. That was on my windowsill. It also seems to have a higher light requirement then my other Neps. It takes the longest after winter to start pitchering again. I have since put it in a terrarium with my other Neps. and it is quite happy there. I have the spectabilis form from Pangulo Bao. Just a little thing right now, but I am already getting a striped peristome and love it! Seems it is just a little picky, but will be worth it.
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    I agree with dsrtfox. Spectabilis is pretty finicky, but VERY rewarding if you can get the conditions right.

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    Thanks for the advice they'd be grown on a windowsill but by the sounds of it neither would be too happy without a terrarium/greenhouse.. I guess I'll have to find a less exciting but more hardy plant, does anyone have any experience with N.sibuyanensis or glabrata?

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    Ive had no problems with spectabilis or singalana (before I sold both of my singalana plants that is).
    Spectabilis takes a bit to settle in, this is true... But after it settles in, it will pitcher in moderately low humidity, and reward you with stunning pitchers. Singalana also pitchered very well for me in moderate humidity. Now as far as glabrata and sibuyanensis goes, both DO seem to require high humidity to pitcher properly...

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    Thanks a lot! The humidity shouldn't be devestatingly low, just standard Britain which averages around 65%. I'm planning on buying a himdifier aswell specifically for more fussy plants, I'll have a chat with who i buy it from about the conditions it was grown in so I don't send it into too much shock... Again thanks for the advice

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    65% should be perfectly fine for growing either spectabilis or singalana IMO. if you really liked the teeth in singalana, go for a particular variety from Gunung Tujuh, and if you like a beatiful spectabilis, the form from Gunung Sinabung (which is hard to come by, and my clone of it is female) or the Borneo Exotics North Sumatra clone is quite stunning... ive yet to see how the new spectabilis giant from BE will look, i suppose i should pick one up one of these days.

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