|Subsequently the leaves would dry off before overhead watering again. This would have the effect to concentrate the fertilizer on the leaves, as the water evaporates. So even starting with a dilute solution it would concentrate to a fairly high level in the end. Which is what I suspect was causing the burning.[/QUOTE]|
the leafes of my plants are also absolutely dry only one or two hours after misting them with the fertilizer. The reason for this ist the quite low humidty of my setup. The burning of the leafes occured from the sun and the dried up fertilizer alone (I don't normally mist my plants at all and so they stay dry for weeks).
Slight differences in growth conditions might make a big difference in plant health and growth. As we are all judging from our personal experiences, the value of the experiences given by other growers is difficult to interpret. The same plant I might consider as to be very well grown might look horrible in the eyes of others. Of course it might very well be grown well below its potential even thouugh I'm happy with it.
Just as an idea: It would be big fun and add some real value in horticultural respect to compare the different growth conditions the users of this forum grow their Nepenthes under. In times of TC it wouldn't be a problem to supply one identical Nepenthes clone of the same size to many growers at the same time. Then everyone could grow his plant under his prefered conditions. After some time like a year or so we could compare the different growth conditions by the results we got.
Hi Joachim, Tony and others:
That sounds like an excellent idea. However, the person overseeing the experiment must make sure that everybody fills out the same type of information for the whole year. Thus, one can compare results at the end of the experiment. Otherwise, you'll have people concentrating on some aspects of the growing conditons while others concentrate on different ones and you get no definite data to make any conclusions.
Especially Tony, Joachim, Agustin. I grow my N.xiphioides outdoors under shade cloth. At times it was getting full morning sun with no problems. So I would consider this guy a definite highlander that I've had no trouble with. I've never fertilized it at all. I just throw it a mealworm once in a while when it's not catching its own bugs outside. I guess you could grow this guy indoors, but if it's a highlander then you'd need some sort of temperature drop. I'd be interested in seeing how this plant or others for that matter do in a controlled environment versus an outdoor environment. What do ya guys think? My overall take is that these plants are very hardy in various growing conditions and can adapt quite easily and are not as delicate as once believed. If you want to see how I grow my Neps go to Nepenthes around the house for an alternative to conventional growing of Nepenthes. It may work for your Neps.
Thanks for your reply. I was wondering if you could tell us how long did it take you to get the large nepenthes from your website that big??.
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