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Hmm N. Maxima usually pitchers well in varying conditions; but N. Miranda, for me at least, only pitchered with bright light & humidity 65% & up. Otherwise it would show nice growth in leaves with no pitchers. I don't have much experience with Mirandas except for the single one I had years ago but it grew huge before I figured out how to get matching huge pitchers out of it. By bright light I mean that I switched it from sunlight + fluorescents to straight metal halide 150Watt.
Hello again. I get back to this thread to update you, unfortunately can't add photos from my mobile. After a hot summer, only now in sep-oct my Miranda developed her first pitchers since a year or so. Meanwhile, a basal shoot grew bigger and bigger producing small pitchers constantly but also constantly they died.
Question now is, should I repot this basal shoot which has now like 7 leaves and 2 pitchers, other 3 dead? Is probably overwhelmed under the big miranda.
If yes, how can I do it without harming any of the 2 plants?
I think u need to mist your plant and its pitchers everyday day/night about 2 times or so and you'll notice with a temp drip at night from your day temps you'll see pitchers that will last longer when emerged.
Originally Posted by Whimgrinder
Every person to their own. Personally, I would trust whoever has had more experience successfully growing these plants.
Originally Posted by KATastrophe
More to this. Now the main plant is flowering. It's probably a male but since is the only plant I have will not be able to get viable seeds from it anyway. I just wonder if flower is the sign maybe to cut stems and propagate it. What do you think?
PS. Winter is coming, light is more artificial, temperature is not as high anymore.
Meanwhile (actually in December, winter here) I cut 8 stems from the mother plant, all of them have roots today, make new leaves easily and the 2 main vines, used for cutting, sprouted.
Also, a second baby plant raised from the soil.
What I have today is:
-the mother plant, 2 vines which sprouted after cuttings in Dec but no pitchers yet
-2 baby plants that make pitchers (the older one can keep only one pitcher)
-8 new plants from cuttings, again no sign of pitchers
Question to set my expectations: How long does it take for new plants from cuttings to make pitchers sgain? Same would apply for sprouts on main plant.
My experience with cuttings is that the third leaf on the new growth point is the first one that can produce a pitcher, though I'm sure it varies by species.
I also have a cutting I'm rooting right now that is developing a pitcher on one of the existing leaves even before it has opened a new leaf on the new growth point.
Wow, I must have severe light and humidity issues if after 5 months from cutting, the new plants are not showing any sign of viable pitchers. Hate my shaded apartment.
Originally Posted by nimbulan
There must be something about your conditions that is hampering pitcher production if you're having that much trouble. My N. 'Miranda' will pitcher under far less hospitable conditions than my other Nepenthes, but also tends to lose them the quickest when conditions change. My plant was even producing pitchers over the winter (though very slowly) when receiving small amounts of sunlight through an east window, constantly having dry air from a furnace vent blowing on it. I never mist my Nepenthes.
I'm curious, what sort of soil do you use and how often do you water? It looks awfully dry in your post at the top of page 3 here.