|D muscipula what are the great looking plants in your photo? I love the color of the pitchers. Are you growing those on the windowsill in trays? No humidity problems? Do you keep water in the pot trays?[/QUOTE]|
Heh heh. *Either i'm not as obvious as i think i am, or Bobby isn't reading between the photos. *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
Those two nepenthes are the alata highland (or spotted) and ventricosa 'red' that i mentioned. *The alata is the spotted one. *They grow on my windowsill, with extra light from a HPS lamp because they get a short day in my NW-facing window. *Honestly, they did fine before i got the lamp, it was for my sarrs, which haven't done as well.
I haven't gone through a summer yet with them on the windowsill like that, but they've been there for several months of the winter. *About a month ago, i got a cheap humidifier and run it to provide a bit of air circulation and humidification, but i don't know how well it works. *The window next to the one the neps sit on is always open about six inches, and at night it gets chilly in the room, while in the daytime it gets uncomfortably warm (lately). *They are watered from the top once a day, and i don't usually keep any water in their trays except the little bit that appears after i water them (which is always gone by the next time i water).
Like i said, they've only been there for a few months, but so far they have responded very well. *I think PFT sells the alata (H), but if not, almost any other CP retailer does. *You shouldn't have to spend more than $20 for a decent sized one.
The ventricosa is probably even more common, but it's not spotted as much as the alata, so perhaps you aren't as interested. *It stays smaller longer, but seems to need a lot of light to be healthy in my experience. *It's supposed to be a good climber, too, but you wouldn't have to worry about that for a few years. *There are several variants available. *Mine is the popular "red". *Check PFT and i think you can buy one from them. *You can find somewhat young or less colorful ventricosas for as little as $8, and the seed is occasionally available from the ICPS seedbank.
Between the two, i think the alata is the most tolerant to low humidity. *It has quite thick, waxy leaves and pitchers. *The ventricosa seems to lose a pitcher from stress more often, sometimes after i feed it.
Well, i hope that helps.
Edit: For size reference, the alata is in a 4.5" pot.
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