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    N. villosa needs very cool temperatures to thrive. I've been growing this species
    for a number of years, and have been most successful with it when overnight lows
    drop to about 3 C. Daytime highs should not be much more than 17 C. This
    is based upon personal communication with Charles Clarke. If you cannot provide
    these conditions consistently, along with bright light and high humidity, then I suggest
    you avoid this species as your chances of growing it successfully are slim.

    My plants have been grown under these conditions for some time now, and the largest
    is 15 cm in diameter, with 5 cm pitchers. Plants are very healthy, and pitcher from each leaf.
    When well grown, this species is exceptional; however, please avoid it if you cannot provide
    proper conditions, and if you are not patient. This species only produces three or four pitchers
    per year.

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    That's a very suitably sized Villosa! Keep up the great work! I will get a Villosa when/if I can find a 2 inch palnt at least! THat's all I want a 2 inch plant. I'll just gorw it with my Rajah and Lowii. My two Ultrahighlands get 45F at nihgt so it's nice and cold anyways. I have great condiitons but haven't found a 3 inch Villosa yet anywhere's. darn.

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    NG, I doubt that you will find a 5 cm (2 in) diameter specimen of villosa, ever, unless you have
    the good fortune of encountering a very experienced grower who is selling one. All
    of the specimens I've ever seen for sale are only 1 to 2 cm in diameter.

    Also, I would not recommend growing villosa with rajah and/or lowii. Temps will either
    be too hot for villosa, or your rajah/lowii will be so cold that they will grow even more
    slowly than they already do. Trust me. Overnight low's of only 10 C are not low enough
    for villosa, especially as it get larger, and temps above 20 C are too high.

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    SO your saying 45F at night is too warm for Villosa and too cold for Lowi and Rajah"? Somehow that makes no sense to me, as in the native habitats they get temps like this quite often or warmer into the 50's.

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    No; what I am saying is that conditions where villosa grows are quite a bit cooler
    overall than those prevailing where lowii and rajah grow.
    To wit:
    3 C to 17 C for villosa
    8C to 30 C for rajah and lowii.

    N. villosa grows from 2600 to about 3300 m,
    whereas lowii grows from 1600 to 2600 m and
    rajah grows from 1500 to 2700 m.
    As you can see, the ranges overlap only at their boundaries,
    if at all!

    No offense, but if you're going to bill yourself as an expert,
    you should know stuff like this!

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    I see what your saying now. But I bill my self as an expert because I have most of my Nepenthes in ideal conditions. My Rajah is growing like a weed and my other highlands are too. BTW personally who are you?

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    Hi Jeff,

    welcome to the forum first!

    From what you write I do suspect my plant grown as N. villosa in fact isn't. It is grown way too hot compared to the figures you give and does quite well. But it is still small and I can't judge for sure from the juvenile pitchers it produces right now. Did you experiment with different growing conditions?

    A friend of mine did climb Kinabalu some years ago. He told me he believes that the plants do grow much faster there than we do expect from plants in cultivation. He mentioned the pitchers were produced on a seasonal basis due to environmental conditions. During that time the plants do have to grow quite fast because they all had some fully functional pitchers. Well I can't judge if this fits reality or not...

    Joachim

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    Hello, Joachim, and thank you for your welcome!

    I've found that N. villosa is *significantly* more tolerant of high temperatures when small
    than when it grows larger. So, your plant may indeed be correctly labelled! If you find
    that it stops pitchering, and its rate of growth slows, then it may be that it has reached
    a point where it will require cooler temps.

    Unfortunately, I have not yet been to G. Kinabalu, so my remarks are based only upon
    conversations with those who have been there, and my own personal experience cultivating this
    species. However, I can tell you that I have noticed that this species actually grows *faster* under cooler conditions!

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