Discussing vendors outside the US is generally allowed since they don't really directly compete with FlyTrapShop. When you're just starting out though, importation is not a feasible option.
The plants carried by the BBSs can vary considerably by region, so you really can't rely on what folks find at them in their particular area.
Just a side note ... N. ventrata is not a species. It is a hybrid: N. ventricosa X N. alata.
Do keep in mind that neps get huge ...particularly once they start vining. Also, many vendors -- like Wistuba and EP -- sell very small plants. At that young stage many are extremely slow growing which may or may not be a plus in your eyes.
Last edited by DragonsEye; 06-18-2016 at 10:22 AM.
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I have never had an issue with nepenthes getting damaged by shipping. As Nimbulan said, pitcher plants tend to rarely get set back by shipping. I have received baby plants in the mail, only about 2-3 inches across all the way to adult plants 12+ inches across and my plants always have arrived in perfect shape. Once, I had a package arrive the day after I left on a 9 week vacation, and upon unpacking the nepenthes, it was perfectly fine and once potted started growing immediately.
Oops my bad. Nine day
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Ah, so that is their secret eh?