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    Red Nepenthes?

    I have had this N. ventricosa (arist x thorelli) for a long time now, about 7-8 months. I originally got it from Paul as a generous gift, and when I first got it, it was green like its sibling. However during acclimation it soon turned cherry red, and I thought it was just horrible sunburn, as was confirmed by Paul who noted I had cooked it. Well now 7-8 months later it is still cherry red, all new growth is cherry red, and its pitchers are also cherry red! I wanted to know if anyone here really had an explanation for this thing. I know when plants get ample amounts of light theyll make kind of dark maroon leaves and such, but honestly Im just growing this on a windowsill that does not get too much light as far as I know. (At least not recently, Ive noted in the summer and spring months the sun doesnt peak out in front of the window like it did in winter and fall.) I also have never seen a plant THIS red. Theyre usually more of a purpleish maroon, not this kind of bright red.

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    Its seed sibling for comparison, both are the same age:

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    Heavy anthocyanin pigmentation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heli View Post
    Heavy anthocyanin pigmentation.
    But why? What is the cause? As I said before my window doesnt get enough light to cause anything else to make red leaves but this guy. Ive moved its position around in my growtent to less sunny spots for very long periods of times (several months) and it never changed its pigment.
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    The best thing about genes is that they don't get evenly distributed amongst offspring, thereby compounding diversity. The uneven distribution of genes and the traits expressed by them is most evident in hybrids such as this. This plant just happens to have gotten a heavier dose of anthocyanin than it's brother or sister.

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    The weird thing to me is simply that it was never red until it acclimated here, is it possible the shock somehow triggered that gene or something?
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    No. As plants grow, more and more of their attributes will come to light. Stop over thinking this and enjoy your plant for what it is.

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    Ah. Well I definitely do enjoy this plant, its one of my favorites for sure and Ive given it a petname of Redhead ;P
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    Beautiful look. (Think I would have gone with a more "sinister" name like "Blood Moon". )
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    For they are the ones who let in the light."



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