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    I got a nepenthes from Home Depot or Gublers and all it said was that it's a hybrid but it did not specify which one. It is green with thick waxy leaves adn the pitchers are lightish green with what looks like developing spots and the have hairs on the outer part of the pitcher beneath the opening. There are no teeth and it's a baby so I don't know what else I could tell you. Anybody know?

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    It is probably a juvenile pitcher... Does it look like a pear? My gublers turned out to be Ventrata...

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    Yep probably going to have to wait till it gets bigger and pitchers have more mature characteristics. Gublers sells several different hybrids. Of which they are not sure what the parentage is on them. I think one is xVentrata and one of the others is some sort of maxima hybrid.
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    I also heard that one of thier hybrids is a Coccinea like Nepenthes.

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    I've boughten 3 different mature hybrid plants marked as "Nepenthes Coccinea" from garden centers. I don't know if they're from gubblers or where they're from. Here's what I believe I really have:
    Nepenthes X Coccinea (this one has the correct looking pitchers)
    Nepenthes X Morgiana (Kind of like a "Coccinea" but lime green with only sparse red spots and squater pitchers)
    Nepenthes X Mixta (Northiana x Maxima looks real nice)

    I also bought some Neps in 3" pots which I have no idea what they are, so far I think it's a toss up between either N. Spatulata or a N. X Judith Finn. But the largest seedling is now only 7" across so it'll be a whle before I know just what it is.

    Good luck on figuring out what you've got!

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    It is unlikely that you have a Spathulata from a garden center! If the 3 inch potted Neps came from a place called Botanical Wonders the Nep you have it either N.Ventricosa or N. Veitchii x Truncata, like I got at my local Lowe's. But hey! Just by a very long shot could be a Spathulata but it is VERY rare! That's sorta like finding an N.Campanulata in a Home Depot or Lowe's!

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    Now that I have some ideas on what it is can anyone tell me how to care for it properly. Are these lowland or highland plants. Do they need a temperature drop at night? You know the usual I got this plant because I felt sorry for it's miserable life leading slowly to death and now I don't know what I'm gonna do with it stuff. Thanks again from the newie. Shauntell

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    If a nep doesnt like what you are doing, it will tell you by dying.

    My Gubler's nep, when I first bought it, was in its own pot, that it came in... It is not super fussy about humidity, but if you want pitchers, you have to make an effort. If you can fit it into a terrarium with a bit of water under the nep's tray, it should do fine.

    I did that myself, but then when I took it out, it pretty much stalled, you should get a humidifier from the drugstore... around thiry dollars... Keep the room humid and it will pitcher... Other than that, it doesnt neeed much. As long as its humid, you an keep it by a windowsill. I dont think temps have been too important for mine...

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