I do like the highly speckled varieties, but burkei stands out more to me, having more intense colors. They really curvy ventricosas are eye catching.
That is a beautiful N. ventricosa you have there dvg! I am envious.
I hope that my poor, neglected, abused and now pesticide laiden ventricosa can pull itself together and be half the plant that you have right there.
I find N. ventricosa to be sort of like my first love. It's the first one to teach about Nepenthes, nectar and of losing a plant. But it never truly leaves, it comes back again. And each time you visit ventricosa, there is still that connection, always there, growing. Plus, when it combines with other species, like your new loves and relationships, it always sets the tone, and reminds you that it, not the others, came first.
Sweet post dvg.
"Always there growing" for who? I can't grow N. ventricosa to save my life...
Most Neps are seemingly no problem but gimmie an N. ventricosa and apparently I will kill it within 6 months and maybe sooner. I don't know why, except unless it wants something between my HL tank and my LL tank temps, I can't imagine every single N. ventricosa I've had was diseased bad enough to slowly deform and die or out grow itself while other stuff lives on happily right next to it. The grass is always greener, I'm always envious of those Neps I can't grow and "common" as it is, it's not common for me, I suppose I'm the only one actually jealous of a well grown N. ventricosa! LOL
Hear the Call of Nepenthes
Very nice dvg! I'm quite fond of this species, I have three ventricosas, and some ventricosa hybrids!
I just love ventricosa, here's the latest pitcher on my biggest one.
Thez, it looks like EP's N. ventricosa k.
I hate bugs. Carnivorous plants get me.
I love mine...I wish it loved me back a bit more so it looked more like yours
I have a couple of vents and I love them both. One of them grows on the windowsill with no problem at all, and the other under lights. So far, I actually like ventricosas better than my truncata black!
Agent of Chaos
When I went to college for a couple semesters, I only had one carnivorous plant with me. My Nepenthes ventricosa thrived under a regular desk lamp. I got it in October 2007 and this is the plant in April 2008. It was happy under that lamp.
"I may be on the side of angels, but do not mistake me for one."
I have to say i was really surprised by the number of comments you all put forth for a N. ventricosa thread.
And a lot of those comments weren't the usual replies, but were quite thoughtful.
Most of you who replied were N. ventricosa admirers, and that's great, some of you not so much, and that's okay too, as beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.
And Thez_yo, Carn12 is correct, this is an Exotica Plants N. ventricosa (k).
I'll try and post a few updates as future pitchers mature.
I happened to knock off the top leaf (along with the growing point) of my ventricosa 'Black Peristome'. Would it regrow from the stem, or form a ground basal?
Lover of Mountains
I really like ventricosa, a lot. But wouldn't you know..I've owned it longer than any other cp I own and it has never done well for me. Supposed to be easy, but not for me. Yet heli's, and 'difficult' neps do fine for me. /shrug.