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    N sanguinea

    There is a specimen of sanguinea en route to our house this week, and I was wondering how big their root systems can get and what size pot we should put it in. The claim is that its a 6 inch hanging basket- but six inches isnt even enough to hold the roots of our capensis! Do you guys think that will be enough space?

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    I have absolutely no experience with n. sanguinea, but I do know this. Many species of nepenthes can handle ridiculously small pots for their size. I've heard of n. Ventrata specimens that are 5' vines that are in the 6" hanging pots they came in and were thriving.
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    Those 6" hanging pots are pretty standard for Nepenthes and will probably suit it just fine. Some species have smaller root systems and may get away with a smaller pot.

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    Nepenthes roots are much different from that of other CPs. They don't go too deep into the soil, so a six inch pot sounds like plenty of room. I doubt you would really need anything bigger.

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    A Nepenthes generally will withstand the small pots, even a large specimen, but that doesn't mean their root systems can't get big. Nepenthes are designed to acquire some nutrients from the soil as well so they often can have larger roots systems than most other carnivores (except for maybe Sarracenia) and will spread out if given the chance. N. sanguinea is one of the ones that will be okay rootbound, but bigger pots still often result in bigger plants.
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    My N. sanguinea is currently in a standard green 3.75" square pot and pushing several feet worth of vines. I haven't repotted it in years but the species is among the hardiest of all Nepenthes.
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    Got it in the mail today- seems to be in decent condition.

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    You probably won't need to if it grows anywhere near as quickly as mine does. If you really want to, just put an Osmocote pellet in each pitcher.

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