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    Some coffee; some patience; some time . . .

    Here is a modest, all too nondescript seedling -- seed coat still visible -- in 2013, in a compost of milled sphagnum, long fiber sphagnum, and horticultural sand; and, below, its slightly more colorful counterpart, a year, nine months and change later . . .

    Nepenthes edwardsiana 20 August 2013


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    You know you could just as easily ask us all to quit nicely while we're ahead, instead of rubbing our noses in it.

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    Holy crap nice!!

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    Might as well quit growing neps now, that's got to be the fastest eddie I've ever seen, and I can't even get a ventricosa to go that fast...Time to bring on the coffee!

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    exceptionally well done!!!!!!! can you give a little more info on your growing conditions / fertilizer regime?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ambanja View Post
    exceptionally well done!!!!!!! can you give a little more info on your growing conditions / fertilizer regime?
    Thanks all . . .


    The seed was aseptically germinated in a TC media; then was transferred to compost, after the first "true" leaves were produced. The seed coat was still present and attached at that point.

    Otherwise, growing conditions were those of other highlanders, with days which rarely exceeded twenty five degrees Celsius; and nights which hovered around ten. In January, the plants saw temperatures in the low single digits. They were also grown under natural light and experienced a varying photoperiod.

    The loose compost is that of milled sphagnum; long fiber sphagnum; some fine orchid bark, sand and pumice (avoid perlite, which can leach salts into the compost). The pH was maintained at about five with, either a weak peat "tea" with some of the seedlings -- though coffee, poured through the media, biweekly, was far more common.

    Dilute 30:10:10 orchid fertilizer was also used biweekly, alternating with that of the coffee, poured through the media . . .
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    And people say that coffee is a myth..
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    Since an orchid fertilizer was also used who can say which had how much effect. Would the same growth be seen with coffee only or orchid fertilizer only?
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