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    Please, don't start that again [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]!

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    D@mn, I am only 11 years older than N. raja...Good job taking care of it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] .

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    Thought I'd let you all know I contacted Matt and found out some VERY interesting environmental conditions his Rajah is in, as well as physical. He belives the secret to a huge Rajah is not cool night temps nor wating long for a one. He belives it is the pot size. he thinks that a shallow and wide pot is better than a deep one. That's how his Rajah is grown. In a wide and shallow pot. So I am asking him a few more question on the pot and other stuff and will keep you all informed on what the factor is to his Rajah that made it grow so big.

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    Thanks nepenthes gracilis !!
    I read one time that N.rajah has a superficial and well developed roots system, so when I planted my little one (bare root) I keep roots horizontally 1 cm under the surface.
    I think to have done the right thing ?!

    regards

    rajah

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    Sounds good rajah. I think Rajah is mimicking a cactus, it makes a large area of roots then it can absorb lots of water when it rains. But I am not sure just attempting a therory not a law! lol. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] But yes I am going to aim for a shallower pot when mine needs repotting next.

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    I think also that plants with a superficial roots system don't like to be always in a too wet media and need periods of drought.
    Of course drought for a cactus is very different from drought for a N.rajah, the media of the last one is always enough humid.

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    rajah

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    I will say that rajah makes a huge root system for the size of the plant. Personally I don't think a wide pot in cultivation is necessarily the main concern, but a large volume is the issue. My own feeling is that they put out a very wide area of shallow roots in nature because there is something stopping the roots from going deeper. Probably insufficient air perhaps because the soil is too compacted and dense. In cultivation the pot contains a homogenous potting mix as opposed to in the wild.

    I will also add that a wide shallow pot drains less than a deeper narrower pot of the same volume. I think risk of keeping the roots too wet is more of a concern in a wide shallow pot.
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    Hi Tony !!
    I'm agree with you that is better a deep pot than a shallow one. I planted roots superficially, but the pot is 15 cm deep and 15 cm wide so the plant (5 cm diameter) can decide where to go with its roots.
    So if plant need much water will develope roots in depth.

    In nature perhaps there is few soil where rajah live and rocks stop the roots.

    kind regards

    rajah

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