This is the healthy and awesome Nepenthes ventricosa on the day that I received it from flytrapshop.com on May 30th, 2009.
By December 2009, it was unable to adapt well enough to my rugged, cold and dim Alaskan window sill. The mites sink in.. I thought it might be the end.
But it did start the basal.
February of 2010, the main stem sputtered and tried to continue on, multiple off shoots started at each internode. The mites continued on.
Meanwhile, the basal produced the first pitcher in my care.
By April of 2010, the basal eventually starting growing more than the main stem.
It produced the second ever pitcher that the plant ever made for me.
19 months has gone by since the last series of pictures. A lost chapter in the life of this N. ventricosa. Mites came again, conquered what was left of the main vine. The basal now was the only growth left and was battered with mites and a dark, miserable spring. This was going to be the end. Until, out of nowhere, boxofrain so generously and graciously supplied me with some insecticide. I sprayed the plant once and for all, and the mites were conquered.
Fast forward to present day, December 3rd, 2011.
Nepenthes ventricosa, as grown on harsh suboptimal southeast Alaskan windowsill.
Complete with micro-ecosystem spider and prey, this plant has made the transition into a stabilized, growing plant.
And two years and 6 months later it produces its first ever true pitcher in my care.