That I guess is a true epiphyte.... damn. very nice.
But you can kind of cheat (although plants start off like this in the wild too.... not this species though) and pretty much make a pocket of sphagnum on a branch and grow a nepenthes on it.
That is an absolutely gorgeous display piece. Great symetry.
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Limestone with Campanulata? What exactly is enough? A little bit in the soil or largish part of the soil limestone sand etc?
Looking for N. Campanulata hybrids. Also would like to grow some nepenthes from seed. Growlist/pic thread: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...-Pete-s-plants
I've read that other growers have success with using a soil mix with 10% limestone chunks by volume, 5% if the powdered form is used, you just need to get the calcium carbonate into the soil somehow. Apparently this species had taken to liking conditions one would expect of a tropical butterwort - it's certainly the only Nepenthes I've heard of that likes a higher soil pH than lower.
Where does one buy small quantities of limestone? My campanulata is suffering too.
Most gravel roads consist of limestone. If you look and can see small fossils in the rocks and they cause a white dust on your hands when you pick them up it most definitely is. We have a ton of it here in Indiana
I agree, most gravel dredged up from river beds usually has small bits of limestone or chalk in it, and this amount would likely be suitable for your needs. Be wary of using something sold simply as lime or "industrial/building" lime though, more often than not this is actually quicklime or slacklime, both of which are somewhat caustic and fail to provide the calcium carbonate needed by the plants. Agricultural or garden lime is fine, it's made of pulverized limestone/chalk which are both calcium carbonate based. What peeves me is that it's sold as garden "lime" instead of "limestone" or "chalk", which leads to huge confusion regarding the difference between lime (calcium oxide or calcium hydroxide) and limestone/chalk (calcium carbonate).