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    Nep ID?

    For Christmas, I received a really nice nep. Not sure what kind though. From first look, I thought it was an N. alata, so I checked Google Images and it looks very similar. So is it an N. alata?







    Opinions? If it is N. alata, it is a highland species, correct? Does it require any special care that others will not? Temperature range? Anything else I should know?

    I'm extremely new to neps. I really like this one because of the fullness of the plant. The pink pitchers are just a bonus.

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    Nepenthes ventrata. Mine grows good on my kitchen windowsill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobile View Post
    Nepenthes ventrata. Mine grows good on my kitchen windowsill.
    Great, thanks! I'll stick it in my temporary terrarium for now until the weather warms up enough for me to put it in the new greenhouse.

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    I just watered it and it seems to be planed in just peat. I learned that it was a $16 Home Depot plant, so you can't expect it to be potted super nicely. Would repotting it be okay during this environmental transition stage?

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    Personally, I would leave it in the peat just now and not water too much. Try to keep it moist, rather than wet. It'll already be in enough shock from environment change without going through the shock of repotting. By the look of the plant, it as been growing nicely in it.

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    might as well repot now in my opinion,as the plant will take a couple of months to settle in and to repot later will only set it back further,that being said to me it looks very happy in its present pot and mix,nice plant,thats funny by the time i replied mobile said the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobile View Post
    Personally, I would leave it in the peat just now and not water too much. Try to keep it moist, rather than wet. It'll already be in enough shock from environment change without going through the shock of repotting. By the look of the plant, it as been growing nicely in it.
    I misted the soil with a spray bottle to where it's moist. No water is coming through the bottom of the pot. Would it be a good idea to fill up the empty pitchers with a tiny bit of RO/DI, or better yet, fertilize them through the pitchers? If I fill them up, will they be able to digest their own bugs? Also, does leaves only produce one pitcher in their lifetime, or do the leaves grow new oitchers every blooming season?

    Thanks for all the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by corky View Post
    might as well repot now in my opinion,as the plant will take a couple of months to settle in and to repot later will only set it back further,that being said to me it looks very happy in its present pot and mix,nice plant,thats funny by the time i replied mobile said the same
    Ah, I see. Now I have the choice of repotting or keeping it in the same pot. It does look like it's doing well, so I may just leave it for now. It's funny, I thought a $16 Home Depot plant wouldn't look this nice!

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    The pitchers won't need filling with water and/or fertiliser. Pitcher fertilising can reduce their life. They will fill themselves with fluids. Nepenthes accept root fertilisation, but for now I would leave it exactly as is and just keep the soil moist.

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    Be careful with that thing, I got one just a few months ago and now it looks like this:


    (There's a N. 'Miranda' behind the plant in question...)

    It's got like 5 vines going all over the place. Haha. I don't mind it, though, it looks so... wild. Wild as an natural, not wild as in crazy. XD

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