In celebration of our recent in vitro successes with Nepenthes attenboroughii; and because you guys -- gals too -- are generally good eggs, we're giving one plant to some lucky grower, to be chosen at random, by those merry sylphs over at random.org, in one week's time.
We had hoped to have some of these ready for the 2015 NASC auction for their always worthy cause(s); but it occurred too early in the year and real life somehow got in the way. A similar offer is already being run at the pitcher plant proboard site -- though a different clone. No double entries please; either do it here or at that shunned, accursed place.
The plants are are about 2.5 cm (1") in diameter; are showing promising color, especially since they've only been receiving the merest "peckerwood" natural lighting during their establishment. In the grand, creative tradition of Wistuba, we are calling this plant -- brace yourself -- "Clone II."
The species, for those unaware, is endemic to Mount Victoria and neighboring Mt. Sagpaw in Palawan, at around 1700 meters (5577 feet); and was only formally described in 2009. They are currently in 7.6 cm (3") net orchid pots, in a compost of live sphagnum mosses; milled sphagnum; and horticultural sand.
Earlier on, we experimented with duplicating their native ultramafic soils and whatnot; but soon discovered that almost any airy, well-draining compost trumped anal retentive soil chemistry; and suspected, as some others have, that some of those tropical conditions were probably more exclusionary of other competing plant life, than of N. attenboroughii's cultural need for absurdly high levels of aluminum, magnesium, or iron. It does, however, have a reputation of being a slow grower -- and that ain't no lie. We're not growing tomatoes, here.
All that is requested, is that the plant not suddenly turn up on eBay; that the recipient know something about its cultural requirements beforehand; and that he, she, or indeterminate, cover the USPS postage, around US 6.00. We grow the species as a highlander or as an ultra-highlander; though some have had marginal successes, growing it as an intermediate. That has not been our experience. So, crack a book, people, if you're interested.
The plant will be shipped potted; and the recipient will have one week's time to respond, before another number is chosen.
Sadly, this offer is only valid within the U.S.; though -- with in vitro plants -- that may also change soon. Just put your name to the list and add numbers as necessary . . .
Nepenthes attenboroughii 20 June