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    Thanks for the photos.

    Mine is from the G Mulu region, it's funny to know this is growing "fast" ha ha! I have a trusmadi coming soon. I'm getting the feeling this is one of those get it and forget it type of plants that will all of a sudden surprise me somewhere on down the road.

    I noticed in the photos you had something in the pot that looked redder than normal orchid bark, have you added some laterite soil to the potting mix? In the one pot I tried it in it turned into hard rocky lumps after some time. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

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    Joachim,

    I do agree with your observation that lowii does not appreciate overly high temps! I know
    other growers who have to contend with high summer temperatures, and the growth of
    their plants slows markedly during that time. However, I've not noticed a substantial
    difference in rate of growth between any of the clones I have, whether from G. Trusmadi,
    Mulu, or Kinabalu.

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    [QUOTE]O god yes is the N. lowii slow. i have mine sitting next to the Rajah and boy what a diff. i cut off all the dead leaves on it to encurage it to grow some.
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    George, cutting off dead leaves off of any Nepenthes is not going to make it grow new ones, the plant will regularly make new leaves over a period of time. You can cut all dead leaves off and your just going to make your plant look neater which most growers prefer to have thier plant look. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Josh, the red parts in the soil is Seramis, which is inert, stores water and helps to get air into the soil. I have switched to Lecaton used for hydroponics for some time now, because I do think Seramis will break down in wet condtitions over time.

    Jeff, maybe my special G. Trusmadi clone from Andreas is on the slow side or the conditions are not suited for this clone as good as for the plant from G. Mulu. At least I am not to unhappy with the size of this three year old specimen.

    And of course N. lowii is a good grower compared to others - N. murudensis is a real pain to grow! Anyone out there wanting to guess the age (out of TC) of this plant growing in a 6cm pot? When it arrived:
    http://home.arcor.de/j.danz/N_murudensis.jpg
    Today (I dividied it into three single plants):
    http://home.arcor.de/j.danz/N_murudensis_0902.jpg

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    i know it won't make it grow fast and triming it up does make it neater. just trying to help it along
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    We have a substance for sale here in the US which is called Arcyllite (made by Shultz/Profile) it is used both as an inert clay soil aerator/conditioner as well as aquatic plant substrate for planted aquariums & ponds. I have never used it on my CPs though.
    Do plants growing on "ultramafic" soils appreciate small rocky pieces in their soil? I am assuming Ultramafic means something similar to "alkaline" or "ultra basic"?
    I use basically the same mix for all my highlanders (LFS and bark) but perhaps things would grow better if I added some more rocky material when the new highlanders come in?

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    Ultra mafic means alot of rocky substances in the soil, aka laterite,rocks [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] etc. I think it would b benifical for the highlander to be planted in a maore course mix. I have all my currently in Living spahgnum and LFS and bark and perlite.

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