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    ooo where to start. I do have a wish list for customers for plants that are not available yet but will be in the future. Folks on the list get an email notification when they are ready, before they hit the online pricelist. No I don't take deposits ahead of time. And there is no obligation to buy once the plants are ready. It's a very handy way for me to gage what people want etc since there is a long time between ordering from overseas suppliers to the time the plants are saleable here.

    I would agree to start with some of the less expensive highland plants that offer more challenge than what you have now (well ok they won't be that much cheaper but for the same amount of money that you would spend on a very small rajah you can get a decent sized plant of something else. And have a better chance at growing a larger plant). I would suggest (in order of difficulty, more to less) tentaculata, macfarlanei, singalana, and spectabilis.

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    I know that Phil and Jeff also take requests on plants you'd like to have. Don't forget to give them a shot at your wish lists. They can come up with some pretty interesting plants. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    very true... Phil can get ahold of some pretty sweet nepenthes...

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    I forgot about that! Phil got me my first ever Merrilliana. I totally forgot about that! I'll take that into mind. I still have my eye on all Nepenthes as they are my primary interest along with Sarracenia but Nepenthes are first. I also have my eye on some websites that I found. I may take considerization into a Rajah after I get more Info. Thanks for so many helpful responses! Nep.G.

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    Last weekend I have seen a flowering ! Nepenthes rajah in cultivation in Germany. It took about 15 years for the plant to flower (was a female but there was no male rajah pollen around :o( )
    Unfortunatly the plant lost all the pitchers during flowering but I have seen some dried ones.
    Amazing ! (but they haven't been really big, maybe half of the size of reported big pitchers in nature)

    It was grown under "typical" highland conditions.

    Some people here in Germany are growing N. rajah without significant temperature drops during nighttime but I have never seen the result with my own eyes.

    I have seen some small TC plants "growing" extremly slow under "normal" temperatures inside a terrarium.

    I, for myself would rate N. rajah as difficult and very slow !

    Even my N. lowii is growing much more faster.

    (I must admit that I only own small plants and don't have much experience)

    I ! would highly recommend SIGNIFICANT lower temperatures during night. At 20/25C during summer my plant has grown slower than now 17/25C.
    I believe that 10/25C would be even better but this is hard to achieve inside a house.

    During the end of this summer and autumn I have seen small N. rajah plants growing OUTSIDE (hanging in baskets in an apple-tree) by another grower.

    The plants were very hardy but didn't grow fast. (but faster than plants cultivated inside a terrarium under normal tempeartures)

    I think that after some accomodation N. rajah can surely withstand humdity drops down to 40-50% during the days (look at the natural habitat !!!!) but nighttime humidity should be surely higher (80% or even more)

    just my 2 cents

    btw... N. clipeata is a lowland plant ! (can be grown as an intermediate)

    My personal list of difficulty for my higland plants is :
    starting with the easiest :
    alata (maybe ventrata ?), maxima, khasiana, veitchii, inermis, lowii, hamata (only own this plant for some weeks now), rajah, aristolochioides.

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    Very interesting Martin! Good job on the plants and info that has helped me think more about getting this gentle giant. Nep.G.

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    You might also look into N. mira THere are not many around yet for sale but they are like a small rajah. They seem a bit easier to grow too although still pose a bit of a challenge.
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    N.Mira OK I'll look around. How much do they cost? I don't want to spend more than 20-30 dollar range. So how expensive are they I would also appreciate a cheap site if you know of one. Thanks Tony Nep.G.

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