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Thread: What's this about nepenthes that can't be moved?

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    I read about a touchy Nepenthes somewhere on here that would supposedly die if you moved it or I think it was "give it a quarter turn".
    Could someone tell me what that species was and why moving the plant would kill it?
    Or is this an inside joke and I'm not getting it?

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    No inside joke! It is Nepenthes Bellii. The "wimp" Nepenthes. They say giving it a quarter of a turn will kill it as it is just a VERY sensitive plant.

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    full of baloney if you ask me ;>
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    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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    I don't have any problems with mine. Oz

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    Me or the people?

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    Someone tried to relate to someone that bellii is a bit more sensitive than other Nepenthes to repotting and environmental stress (although I don't find that to be the case). And it has now grown into this wacko rumor that you can kill it simply by turning its pot a little each day..

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    I totally agree with Tony P and g8oz! Iíve had my N bellii for close to a year now, and I can tell you that Iíve turned its pot and done all sort of crazy things to it, and itís still ticking. I personally think that overall plant sensitivity depends on how it is grown. For instance, a N bellii grown under super ideal conditions (like with constant 100% humidity) probably isnít as robust as one that is grown in not so ideal conditions. Correct me if Iím wrong, but donít Nepenthes plants that are grown in really high humidity have smaller root systems than those that are grown in lower humidity? Could this be the cause of N bellii supposed extreme root sensitivity? I think that it might be the case, but thatís just conjecture on my part.

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    My own experience with bellii is that it has a few really long roots. If they get damaged during repotting it hits the plant hard.

    I think it is a reasonable assumption that plants will respond to balance the need for water uptake with their environment. Hence a plant that needs a larger root system because of a less humid environment or less available moisture at the roots etc, will grow a larger root system. Provided that there is room for it to develop and the plant manages to survive to do so. I am sure there are alot of other factors too. The plants inherent ability to cope with the environment and respond in such a manner. Which may vary from species to species and from plant to plant within the same species!

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