I'm setting up a new shelf for neps and am using four 48" fluorescent tubes for light. One of the tubes was noticably dimmer than the rest, so I went to the store to pick up a fancier tube to replace it. It's a typical San Francisco hydroponics/orchid type of place that often has kinda meek looking vfts, a few drosera, and a few way overpriced nepenthes, usually N. maximas or x ventratas.
This time, in the back was about 40 Nepenthes, all rooted cuttings varrying from 4" to 18" tall, all in kinda rough shape, but healthy. And they were all cheap! Apparently some guy came through and unloaded them all on them. For less than 20 bucks, I walked away with a N. x "Ille de France", a N x "Manny Herrera", and a N. x Koto "efflugent"! Woohooo! The "Ille de France" was number one on my "want" list, and I couldn't believe it was there. It has no pitchers, but looks to be growing nicely.
I'm thinking I should go back for some more. They had some nice, large ventratas, and some labled "N. alata x ventricosa". Is there a difference which parent is which for a ventrata?
Capslock <-- Out of control. Does not need more neps.