My Tujuh is actually finally growing another (hopefully normal-sized) pitcher so we'll see how it gets on from here. It had a good start when I first got it, growing a pitcher twice the size of the ones it came with, but has been sulking ever since. The funny thing is, I actually ordered a Belirang and was sent this plant by mistake. When I asked about it I was told this one's more desired / less common - perhaps that's because it's not as easy to grow?
I grow the Belirang form and tried it on a windowsill initially. The pitcher it was already making inflated and opened but after that it didn't pitcher at all until I moved it into a highland setup, after which it grew well, so I'm not sure how easy it is to grow.
That said, it is quite a beautiful species.
Huh, strangely I've never had problems with either of my Belirang N. singalana. The Tujuh form was really what sold me on the species (like a poor man's N. hamata) although the Belirang form is growing on me. My highlanders aren't grown particularly humid, although I suppose that since I grow them so densely now there are all sorts of microclimates going on in my grow space which might explain some degree of success.
For your consideration, a couple of plants that frustrate me at the moment:
I don't know why, but my seed grown N. nigra looks like most of the time. I assumed this plant would be easier to grow as it got larger but it's proving me wrong. It seems to be sort of a seasonal grower for me, looking best from fall into winter and looking a few inches from death in the summer. Oddly, the last two summers have been very mild so I have no idea what this plant wants.
N. burkei BE -- one of the easiest plants to grow for most people, mine attracts every possible pest (even ones I've never seen in my collection?) so it's struggled to get established properly. Every pitcher I feed promptly dies too and I suspect this plant would prefer warmer, more intermediate conditions.
Some nicer plants at the moment:
N. khasiana -- I love the red stripe underneath the lid on this otherwise very green plant.
N. diatas BE -- I thought this one was going to die on me because it came looking much like that Tujuh N. singalana at the top of the page, but is slowly but surely putting out some nice growth. I'm also really starting to like Mexican Pinguicula, I find that a lot of them grow very well with Nepenthes.
I get that the Tujuh form is more expensive but to me there's an unacceptable difference between this:
a hardened plant with roots and a healthy growth point (no pitchers, no problem; couldn't really care less); the size is a bonus
a tiny plant with more problems than it's worth. This one cost more, too. I wouldn't take a plant in this condition for free.
I was able to get it growing for a while but couldn't ever get it to grow roots.
I'm home from university for the weekend, so I decided to take some pictures:
N. reinwardtiana - this is one of BE's new red flush clones, which look suspiciously introgressed with something. Hopefully time will tell.
N. fusca Sarawak
N. burkei - this plant decided to abandon the main growth point in favor of this basal. This is probably the best pitcher I've ever gotten out of this species, I'm not sure why it struggles so much.
N. veitchii Hose Mountains, MT - not the best form of this species even when mature, but it grows pretty fast for a veitchii.
Two nice N. glandulifera pitchers.
N. maxima "Wavy Leaf" BE - looks like I lucked out and got the clone I was looking for, which has pure green pitchers and blood red wavy leaves. The pitcher is malformed because it was squished up against another plant.
N. singalana Belirang - I think this is a new pitcher, which is probably why it's so pale.
I didn't know N. graciliflora could get this red, especially my plant, which has always been pretty green. A pleasant surprise to be sure!
This 9-inch N. chaniana pitcher hit the top of the rack!
and this N. sanguinea intermediate grew right through the rack.
Done with finals; here's some celebratory pictures:
BE's false eymae clone - a very vigorous plant
Another nice common one, N. fusca Sarawak
Another N. fusca, the typical Sabah form, from Mt. Kinabalu
One of BE's newer red N. reinwardtiana clones
A wacky-looking N. robcantleyi clone; I can't say I've seen one with defined splotches like this
N. clipeata looking good
N. vieillardii also looking surprisingly nice
This plant is an heirloom clone of N. eustachya, probably wild-collected, from the university collection - I'm pretty sure it's actually a hybrid with N. gracilis
N. campanulata BE
N. eustachya basically loses its wings pretty early on, even in lowers, so I'd say that's definitely a gracilis hybrid
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There is far more to everything than meets the eye.