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    N. fusca "flared peristome"

    I received a N. fusca "flared peristome" around 2 and a half months ago, and I've noticed that it's been growing pretty slowly (for a N. fusca). So far, it has only put out one tiny pitcher and two new leaves. Does anyone else have experience with this plant being sluggish? (I believe the form is BE - 3068).


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    Two new leaves and a pitcher and you've only had it for 2.5 months?! That is not what I would call "sluggish" considering its brief time in your care. Many species can take 6 months to acclimate to a change in environment.

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    Yeah, I think you're right, I'm probably being paranoid...It's just that all the other Nepenthes that came in the same order are growing far quicker, and my conditions are a bit cold for N. fusca from what I've heard...it'll probably pick up soon.

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    N. fusca is generally an intermediate plant, so it's likely your conditions are nowhere near "too cold" for it. And that's definitely not what I'd call a sluggish plant, as Paul said.
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    Well, my night temps get down to around 40 - 45F each night, and I've been told that N. fusca slows down when the temps fall below 50F...It probably doesn't matter anyway, I suppose if it was unhappy, it would have told me by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SerMuncherIV View Post
    Well, my night temps get down to around 40 - 45F each night, and I've been told that N. fusca slows down when the temps fall below 50F...It probably doesn't matter anyway, I suppose if it was unhappy, it would have told me by now.
    40F is too cold for most ANY Nepenthes - even the so-called "Ultra-Highlanders". You'd be wise to up the night temperature a few degrees.

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