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    Nepenthes viking help...

    Hello everyone,

    First of all, great forum. I come here often and enjoy all the tutorials and pictures, it's very interesting and helpful.

    Ok, so I'm in kind of a predicament. I bought an aquarium where I am currently keeping a couple species of Drosera seedlings, attempting to germinate some Sarracenia seeds (have been stratified), and also attempting to germinate several species of Nepenthes (izumiae germinated!!!!!!).

    So, I ordered a Nepenthes viking sp., with the knowledge that it's a lowlander-intermediate species. I figured this wouldn't be a problem, seeing as how everything else in the terrarium is seedlings, and by the time it gets big enough (I was under the assumption that it was small...), I'd have something else figured out. Anyways, turns out the plant is HUGE! It is a very nice plant, but I think the shipping stressed it out. I also think it must have been hung up prior to me getting it. Basically, my concern is, I just don't know what to do with it! It's too big for the terrarium. The seller said that it likes bright, indirect sunlight. It's still cold here in Sask, Canada, but I considered hanging it in my bathroom, where it would get South facing sun and humidity from the shower.

    I don't know exactly what to do here, if anyone has any advice or feedback, or experience with this plant (temperature, humidity), that would be fantastic. It's funny how I can read so much, but once I actually have the plant I start to second guess myself. I would love some feedback! What can I do?? What are my options?? Again, great forum!!

    Also, if I refill the pitchers with a bit of RO water will they last longer?


    Thanks,

    Avery

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    Hi Avery,

    That's a sweet looking plant! Did you get it from Keehn's or another source?

    I think a south facing bathroom window would be a great place to grow this plant. Apparently Viking is a fairly resilient plant (I haven't had the pleasure of growing this one yet..)

    Here's a good link:

    http://www.nepenthesaroundthehouse.com/nviking.htm

    According to that link this plant has papery leaves, but it may be worth adapting it to lower humidity slowly, just in case it is stressed from shipping.

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    Looks like that one has been growing in extremely high humidity, and is a bit wilty. I have one growing in my bedroom window that has much thicker leaves, so they can adapt, but it's not an easy transition.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Thanks Peatmoss,

    I ordered the plant from Keehn's. I've had good experiences ordering seeds in the past, but apparently he's shutting down his online sales. He sent me a large plant, so I'm impressed. Thanks for the link. I've registered on a Canadian board. I'd love to do some possible trading, etc. once I get a few things going.

    Exo, any advice for adapting it to lower humidity? I think it would be pretty common sense. I'm waiting for some RO water, and then I plan on giving it a good spraying, possibly covering more of the tank with more acrylic sheeting, and adding a tray of moss to the terrarium. It does look a little stressed...

    Should I partially fill the pitchers with a bit of water to help preserve them?

    Avery

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    Yeah, you can add RO water to the pitchers, it will help keep em going longer. But one thing I can tell you about growing this one as a houseplant is that it likes alot of water, so never let it dry out, it has a massive root system and will suck up water like nuts. It will also likely loose some of those older leaves, and will look a bit bad as it recovers, but this species ain't afraid to make lots of basals, so you may end up with a nice happy bush after a while. Keep it as warm as you are able, keep the soil moist, and don't put it in direct sunlight.. with leaves that thin, it will fry like bacon.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Viking (mirabilis globosa) is a plant almost every grower in this region has. I haven't heard of anyone here having real difficulty with this plant. Consider its spread within a few years, it is an easy plant similar to common mirabilis. We have it grown at 26-35C, RH > 60%. It can take full sun once established. Plants exposed to full sun produce thick and strong leaves. Make sure the soil does not dry out. The pitchers don't last very long compared to other lowlanders like bical or raff. Viking is not a large plant. Vining stem of a mature plant is about 1m. It flowers year round.

    Many growers living in temperate zone reported difficulty with mirabilis. I would say viking is comparable to common mirabilis in terms of its growth needs.

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    Thanks for the advice. I have it in the terrarium, and it seems to be doing ok... Some of the leaves were damaged in shipping, and it was confirmed that it was growing in 95% humidity. I'm not able to match that humidity, but I'm doing what I can. The leaves have been turning a purple colour, so I assume that's due to the lighting and lower humidity. Hopefully it will adapt over time. I guess now I must be patient, as there's only so much I can do. Thanks again.

    P.S. Would it be a good idea to plant it in a deeper pot? How deep do people normally plant their Nepenthes? I feel like I could almost plant it up to the top of the lowest leaves (which are dying). Does that seem like a good idea?

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    Alright, if anyone cares to see, here's an update on my plants. Keep in mind this is my first Nepenthes, so please forgive my ignorance. The leaves have turned colour, but all in all the plant seems to be adapting. It's starting the growth of a new leaf, and although it's cramped, it will have to do until I can acclimate it to lower humidity and brighter light.



    Some of the leaves were damaged in shipping. Is it fair to blame that for the blotching on the leaves?





    Also, my izumiae and maxima seeds have both germinated! Now I'm waiting on a few more species to hopefully do the same...

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