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    What's the best way to get a nepenthes to flower?

    I have a couple of neps and I wouldn't mind doing some crossing and for that I need flowers. What's the best of getting a nep to flower?
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    wait 5-10 years

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    I was told by a local grower that placing a Nepenthes under entirely blue LEDs will force a flower spike and that he does this regularly to discover the gender of new plants.

    Of course, only attempt this on healthy plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nimbulan View Post
    I was told by a local grower that placing a Nepenthes under entirely blue LEDs will force a flower spike and that he does this regularly to discover the gender of new plants.

    Of course, only attempt this on healthy plants.
    Would plant's maturity also be a factor, Nim?
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    I flowered one of Paul Barden's nep crosses in 2.5 years, from seed. No artificial lighting, lowland temps year-round. There aren't any secrets or goofy tricks IME, just making sure your plants are growing as optimally as possible.

    Good growing conditions in general will create maturity faster. Start with the basics--adequate light, stable temps, quality media. Then fuss about the more nuanced but equally important things, like nutrition and photoperiod. Starving a plant of P or Ca, for example, can often prevent blooming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonsEye View Post
    Would plant's maturity also be a factor, Nim?
    I'm sure it does, but I don't know any details about the process. I'll have to ask him about it if I see him again.

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    It has always been a function of age and the health of the plants in question. In my experience, many Nepenthes species, grown from seed, have taken a minimum of four to five years to flower; and, with horticultural or natural hybrids, about half that time, under optimal conditions . . .
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    Thanks for all the answers. What's the difference between a male flower and a female flower?
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