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    I think 70% RH is fine for bicalcarata. I've had my plants outside with RH less than that and they're all doing fine, and making nice colored pitchers too. Higher than 70% is good too, but you risk having a fungi outbreak if you don't have good air circulation. I think that your temps should be a little higher though, staying mostly in the mid 80s. All in all though, I think that you have a good setup there, so if the plant is doing alright, don't change a thing.

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    ok thanks
    like usual you guys are very helpful [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Just wanted you all to know I just got a bical and an amp from phil and jeff.

    My old bical that I bought from Dean Cook just never did do well, I don't know if it was just shipping shock or what, but the thing just barely held on for a few months then croaked...

    the new one from phil and jeff is doing awesome...
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    Bicalcarata is one of my favorites (next to hamata and inermis). Having only had mine since June I must say it's a very fast and easy grower in the right conditions. The orchid greenhouse I got it from (who can grow neps-their highlanders do wonderful) the leaf edges were burned and it only had one drying pitcher. Keeping it in my 75 gallon lowland tank (87-92*F day and 70-75*F at night with a humidity of 90% + humidity) since I got it it has put out 4 new 9" leaves 3 of which have awesome blood red 4" pitchers. I have it in a nearly sealed terrarium with 1" of water beneath a false bottom made of eggcrate this keeps the humidity extremely high and is lit by 240 watts of flourescent lighting (6x 40 watt tubes).

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    N. bicalcarata is an awesome plant. I've found that it does very well with temps no lower
    than 20 C, and daytime highs up to 37 C. Humidity can fluctuate quite a bit, yet most clones
    will generally pitcher well. Average humidity of 70% or more is adequate.

    Note, however, that this species will become very large. It is not uncommon for well-grown
    specimens to reach 1.5 to 1.8 m diameter. Therefore, growing one of these in an aquarium
    will not be possible forever! One of my plants grew from the size of a fifty-cent piece to
    about 1.5 m across in four years, So, take my advice and plan ahead!

    Finally, as bicals get larger, they will need to be repotted. Watch out for this, as signs of stress
    under high temperatures are usually a good indication that your plant needs a larger volume in
    which to spread its roots. Larger specimens will need pots in the range of 30 to 40 cm
    in diameter.

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    My Bicalcarata "Red" is already in a 30cm by 30cm pot! Hehe, i am very proud of it, just waiting for it to pitcher, coming nicely! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] The whole plant is easily 60cm in diameter. pitcher should be the size of a orange or tennis ball. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Hot in.....so hot in herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre! Sorry couldnt resist lol. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Oh yeah, I know bicals are monsters, several of my lowlanders are already pushing the glass lid off my 75 gallon (a paultry 22" high). I'm going to buy the below shower stall to grow my lowlanders



    In this they will have a good deal of room and be allowed to climb for apx 2 meters. I think this should work out well.

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