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Thread: New name for N. lowii

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    I purchased a N. lowii a while ago (7/02)and it really hasn't done much of anything. It's put out one leaf (maybe two) since I got it but no pitchers on the new leaves and they are small (only a hair bigger than the previous leaves. but they do have long tendrils) The other highlanders are potted in the same 50/50 blend of orchid bark and LFS (few handfuls of charcoal). The others seem to be doing OK so is it just that lowiis are exceedingly slow?

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    Yes, lowii is slow. Typically, you can expect no more than 7 or 8 new leaves and pitchers
    per year, at best. However, this species is so spectacular that it is very much worth the
    time and effort required to successfully cultivate it.

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    Lowii is indeed slow! I got mine back in July and it has only made 1 new leave and even now the new leave is not fully open! It will be a long while for it to produce pitchers too almost as long as a new leave. I am still waiting for the immature pitcher it has begun to swell up to get bigger yet! I have mine in typical Ultrahighland conditons growing side by side with my Rajah,Hamata,and Burbidgeae and it shows no signs of decline but little signs of improvement, yay! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Just be patient as this nepenthes IS the one you MUST absouluty be extremly patient with, like Villosa but I think Villosa is even faster than Lowii! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    This is off topic, but in my experience, N. villosa grows at a considerably slower rate than
    N. lowii. Specifically, I've found N. villosa to produce only about 4 new leaves/pitchers
    per year, which is roughly half the rate of growth of N. lowii. However, my villosa is growing
    under extremely hard conditions, with temps ranging from 3 to 18 C.

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    How much larger do lowii leaves usually get with each successive leaf? My fusca and hamata was almost 1/4 to 1/3 sizes larger than each previous leaf but the lowii and inermis have been very poky at doing much of anything which were bought at roughly the same time. The lowii has made one full leaf and partially unfurled a second since july the inermis has only made one leaf and opened one pitcher. I don't mind being patient (I can't wait to have a few large size lowii pitchers to look at) but I was a bit worried that it was on the verge of death or something since it wasn't doing much. I can see the 6" pot it's in will last it for quite some time! Does growth speed up after it begins to climb or does it take it's time throughout it's life?

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    What I've typically found is that lowii will exhibit incremental increases in size. By this, I mean
    that there will be times when successive leaves increase noticeably in size, followed by periods
    during which little change occurs. Since you just got this plant a couple of months ago, I'd
    not worry. It will probably take four years for it to reach an appreciable size, and one or two
    more for it to produce upper pitchers. It does pick up a bit of speed after settling in, which
    could take about a year. Also, once vining stage is reached, it seems to me that this species
    grows a bit faster. Even at its best, however, it's still pretty slow....

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    From my experience growth rate also depends on the clone grown. N. lowii from G. Trusmadi needs about two months or more for a new leaf while N. lowii from G. Mulu does grow considerably faster.

    Here are pictures of a small N. lowii from G. Mulu I took in May when it was new and one from today:
    http://home.arcor.de/j.danz/N_lowii_Mulu_0502.jpg
    http://home.arcor.de/j.danz/N_lowii_Mulu_0902.jpg

    N. lowii from G. trusmadi three years out of TC:
    http://home.arcor.de/j.danz/N_lowii_Trusmadi_0902.jpg
    Biggest pitcher (8cm):
    http://home.arcor.de/j.danz/N_lowii_...tcher_0902.jpg

    The increase in size does depend on temperature drop and daytime temps I do believe. In summer my plants are not increasing as much in size as in winter.

    Joachim

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    My N.Lowii is from Kinabalua,Sabah area anything special about mine? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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