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    NJ's Fantastic shipping adventure

    Awaiting my new shipment of plants, I have been locked up in the house, quietly anticipating the shipment of a very prized plant.
    These are the events leading up to my greatest achievement in a 4 year conquest to finally acquire
    N. Hamata.


    The day started off with a cool breeze wafting in from my windows.
    I knew this was the day, as shipping had far exceeded its wait time.
    I slowly creep to the living room.




    A familiar friend greets me from the salt water tank. A timid watchman goby
    eyeballs me suspiciously as he guards the shrimp cave. His flared fins indicate hes angry.
    I decide to move on.





    I reach for the door. The sunlight will burn so I must be quick. Time is crucial at this moment,
    Not to mention radiation and the sun giving its various cancers, however I will take my opportunity.





    To much surprise, the mailman had already beaten me to the door
    and dropped the packages. He must have had The One Ring. Sneaky
    mailmanses. Not biggie however, no rads for me today.




    These packages are guarded by black magic. A shiny coating envelops the opening to these
    boxes, so I know what I must do. I scurry off and find my coveted South American Banana Blade.
    (Colombian if you must know.) This should do the trick and open these boxes with moderate hassle.





    Indeed this was the correct choice. Peeling back the peel, the banana has fully matured
    and gained its enchanted metallic sheen. A rare purple, I must say im quite impressed.
    Well grown Colombia.





    The black magic seal is broken! The blade smoothly glances along freeing
    the plant from its enchanted prison. The hefty duty box also shielded my
    plantling from the dangerous radiation of the outside as well. Perhaps
    I shall salvage the box and use it as a protective plate suit on the next sunday stroll..





    Upon examination, the inside of the box is clad in more unknown symbols
    and foreign dialect, undoubtedly part of the black magic which helped contain
    the insides of this parcel. I must be careful myself, as this box could curse me too.
    Im still wary of radiation.





    More witchcraft plagues this poor plant. However, I dont think the
    Colombian Banana Blade will help me this time. Ive got to fight this one on my own.
    So close I can see the greenery inside...





    Nepenthes Hamata is finally free, and brought into the light after 5 days
    of what I could only imagine as a nightmarish shipping Fiasco. I must work quickly,
    as the humidity in the chamber which I performed the magic breaking ritual is slowly
    degrading and approaching 40%.





    The plantling now protected in a hexproof terrarium. It will have to bunk with the King Tiger
    and Truncata for a while in the Lowland tank until it gets bigger and can tolerate slight humidity
    fluctuations in the Highlander tank. After 4 years, Its finally happened. More pics to come soon

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    that was great! Where cani get one of those Colombian banana blades?!
    Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.

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    The belief that N. hamata cannot tolerate humidity fluctuations is a bit of a myth, with a basis in fact. It applies most accurately to very small specimens that have only recently been removed from TC, such as those acquired from AW. Once they grow larger than about 2", and have been properly acclimated to lower humidity, the plant will tolerate lower humidity/fluctuations. Your plant looks plenty big enough to me, though I could be mistaken.

    I would go ahead and put it in HL conditions. The plant's need for HL conditions immensely outweigh the humidity issues.

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    "Sneaky mailmanses"
    I died (theres ALWAYS room for a LotR reference :P)

    Congrats on the plant! Just be sure to make a suit out of that cardboard before you go outside again!
    Last edited by Sashoke; 09-17-2014 at 07:35 AM.

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    What a daring adventure! I'm glad you got your plant!

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    what an adventure.

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    I thrive on the sense of pressure from finally obtaining a highly prized/rare/difficult-to-grow plant. It's addictive!

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    Recognizing what nursery that came from, their plants come pretty hard already -- an N. tentaculata Murud I got from them, which is a very similar species, didn't skip a beat and my RH can drop to 35%. You're probably safe putting it straight into highland conditions, as constant heat and humidity leads to rotten highlanders.
    "I, for one, can't wait to grow Nepenthes extincta!"
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