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    I saw this in the BACPS newsletter and I thought I'd share it.

    ASSISTING NEPENTHES TO FORM LARGE PITCHERS
    Zach Lim
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    I, and a few others, have found a way to increase the pitcher
    size in Nepenthes (Tropical Pitcher Plants). By adding a layer
    of moist long-fibered sphagnum or live sphagnum under a
    developing pitcher, the added humidity seems to help the growth
    of the pitcher. As the pitcher grows, you may see that it is
    increasing in size. As an end result, the pitcher, when opened,
    tends to be much larger then the surrounding pitchers without
    this "humidity treatment". I have yet to try this on other
    "cup" pitchers (mainly Cephalotus f.), so if anyone is
    attempting this, please let me know. Thank you.
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    Under a developing pitcher? What if you grow Neps in hanging baskets?

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    Maybe a ziplock baggy?

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    Dear all:

    I'd guess Zach is right. In my experience, most developing pitchers grow very fast if they are touching moist sphagnum moss. They don't have to be wrapped in sphagnum, even though, it'd be better this way!!. I'd also guess that the relative humidity around the pitcher is increase thus helping it grow faster

    Gus

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    An excellent point in growing Nepenthes. However be wary of the POTENTIAL fungus issues. I haven't had any problems but it is always a possibility. With that in mind my rajah is repsonding extremely fast with the setup I have had it in for 2 weeks this Saturday:
    [img]http://home.**********.com/nepenthesgracilis/raj.JPG[/img]

    The newest tendril has already lyed down in the sphagnum moss and I think it will form. I am very very excited to see my rajah's pitcher size if it takes. I haven't seen rajah pitchers since March/April so I think considering the size of the plant (above 25cm across (10in.))

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    But if you wrap growing pitchers in moist sphagnum it won't get much light...surely growing pitchers need light too.

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    i guess thats why my N. ventricosa is sprouting a pitcher thats 2X larger that the other ones, and it still hasn't opened! it grew and the pitcher rested on the spagnum moss of a nerby S. wrigglana. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Zongyi (the pitcher is resting on it, not covered by it, through i do regularly mist the plant.)
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    Hmm...I'll have to try that soon.

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