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    tom, are the pitchers inflating? mine throw a lot of tendrils and pitchers, they just havent inflated past month or so.. perhaps photoperiod has something to do with it as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CreatureTom View Post
    I've got a Glabrata that seems to be doing great at the moment, can't say I know why though! Whilst it was doing fine over the end of summer (when I got it), it really picked up over winter when my temps were, and still are, around 55F at night and around 70F in the day so maybe if you lowered your temps a little it might help. It could also be the nighttime humidity, as mine is happy in 80% in the day and around 90% at night.
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    I've got the exact same temps, but my humidity drops at night, spare a few 30 minute intervals when the humidifier comes on. Just moved the plant to a location with more light though, so we'll see how that helps.

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    Thanks for the replies everyone! If nothing else, misery loves company :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by zlookup View Post
    tom, are the pitchers inflating? mine throw a lot of tendrils and pitchers, they just havent inflated past month or so.. perhaps photoperiod has something to do with it as well?
    Yep they are, it gets intense light and an 11 hour photoperiod over the winter. Maybe as a true highlander they like a high light intensity

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    Its possible theat the plants need more humidity...tie a baggy around a tendril to see if that does anything. If a pitcher forms, then you have your answer.


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    Glabrata was a tricky one for me. I found it did best with high humidity, and it absolutely hated temps going above 80. It seemed to truly appreciate solid highland conditions. Once I nailed this down, it did quite well, but every now and then on hot summer days the temp would get to 85 and it would set it back for sometimes a month or more. After a few years it was readily making uppers for me. Then the whole plant up and died mysteriously. It declined very rapidly and died, and I don't know what happened to it. I found no signs of parasites or disease.

    Oh and to add, it my plant would drop a bunch of tendrils that wouldn't inflate for a long time. Then it would suddenly open them all at once. Then go through another no pitcher cycle, then inflate all the new ones again. Very cyclical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightsky View Post
    Glabrata was a tricky one for me. I found it did best with high humidity, and it absolutely hated temps going above 80. It seemed to truly appreciate solid highland conditions. Once I nailed this down, it did quite well, but every now and then on hot summer days the temp would get to 85 and it would set it back for sometimes a month or more. After a few years it was readily making uppers for me. Then the whole plant up and died mysteriously. It declined very rapidly and died, and I don't know what happened to it. I found no signs of parasites or disease.

    Oh and to add, it my plant would drop a bunch of tendrils that wouldn't inflate for a long time. Then it would suddenly open them all at once. Then go through another no pitcher cycle, then inflate all the new ones again. Very cyclical.


    Thanks Nightsky, that was very helpful. Seeing as mine has a ton of pitchers that haven't pitchered yet, I hope your cycle theory proves true for my plant.

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    After doing nothing but throwing out tendrils galore all winter, the Glabrata is starting to inflate them all at the same time as nightsky stated. Hopefully those who have been staring at tendrils for the past few months are experiencing the same thing around this time.
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