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    Nepenthes Specialist nepenthes gracilis's Avatar
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    Anyone have expierence with this challenging plant? I am a Nepenthes Grower and I am scared to try it becuse I am afraid it will die. And there goes my 30-40 dollars down the drain if it does die. I currently cultivate sucessfully N.Ventricosa "Red" N. Spathulata and N.Merrilliana. Soo I may order it next year off a site since you can't order any CP's in winter if I get enough info about it. Like soil,humidity,light,growing space,etc. TRhanks all info appreciated! Nep.G.

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    well, savage garden gives no additional instructions for Rajah that divert from it's normal highlands nepenthes care... high humidity, warm days, cool nights, well draining soil.

    Hope that helps...

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    Yep I grow it.. and it is one of the most challenging. It is a very tempermental highland plant and does not appreciate anything but highland conditions.

    What's with you cant order cps in winter??? Not all nurseries shut down just because some snow starts flying. I also guarantee plants arrive unfrozen!
    Unfortunately it will be next spring before I have rajah established for sale... I got a bunch in recently but they are TINY!

    Tony

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    I am interested in growing one next year but I heard it gets large like Merrilliana and it is extremly demanding in Humidity, The nightime temperatur drop and the Well draining soil. What do you think I should do Ram? I don't want to wast 30-40 dollars then have the plant die. Nep.G.

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    I think waiting and letting tony grow them out is a sure bet... I bet he would even hold one for you until you get comfy ordering it if you gave him a down payment or something? (Tony?)

    ANy how, personally, I have quite a few nepenthes you know, mostly lowlanders... I am quietly trapseing into highlands, starting with Hybrids, and easy ones to grow, as I don't yet consider myself worthy of something like a hamata, clippetea (sp?) or Rajah... I am not sure I wouldn't end it's life pre-maturely.. I feel I have a lot to learn about these plants still..

    So I would work your way up slowly, better to have a couple nice pretty highlanders that are easy to grow than go for the gold and fail completely...

    Also, I think your right about size... doesn't Rajah compete with Merrilliana for largest pitcher category? I think there is some confusion over which is larger.

    (Note, this is not an invitation to debate the issue! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Exactly no debate! I think Merrilliana is the largest in the world and Rajah comes in a very very very close second. Even it can and does catch unfortunate rats Merrilliana pitchers still are larger and have been recorded deep within areas where they grow to catch Monkey that are fully grown. So what other highlands do you think I should start with guys? Tony I will wait a good long 2-3 years or maby if I learn enough over the winter I will oder from you maby. I thought nursiers couldn't ship CP's when winter rolls around. Like the dormant CP's boring in winter. The lowland Nepenthes isn't there a risk of death in the freezzing temps? Highland Nepentthes less risk maby but still a chance of heavy leaf and shock damage. (I don't know I so confused on shipping in the winter. I will wait maby like I said if I learn enough over the winter I will go for it I may if I have some spare room order another Highland. I will check out some sites tonight. Nep.G.

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    Hey Nep G and Ram

    I don't think you will have to worry about size too soon, I believe rajah must also come close to holding the record for slowest grower, even in prime conditions.

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    Yes it is a slow grower but N.Iowii is even slower. Nep.G.

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