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Thread: Why? Are N. rajah SO expensive?

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    It just kinda bugs me, wonderin', wonderin', so i had to ask, why are N. rajah so expensive? Is it rarity, difficult to grow, a combination [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] Thanks [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    I'm afraid that I don't agree with your observation at all. N. rajah can now be found very
    cheaply; I've seen it available for as little as twenty dollars.

    Moreover, if this seems expensive to you, please keep in mind the fact that only
    15 years ago, prior to the advent of tissue culture techniques, N. rajah was extremely
    expensive, if you could find it at all. It was not unheard of for plants to sell for as much as
    several hundred dollars.

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    Rajah is NOT expensive. It may be a bit pricey. But that depends what expensive is to you. Expensive IMO is Aregentii 160 dollars and up. That's an expensive plant. Rajah runs for around 25-100 dollars at the highest I have ever seen one. I paid $40.00 in grand total for my Rajah. Not expensive if you ask me. The reason you may see Rajah as "expensive" is becasue of it's demand and rarity. Lots of people demand this plant and the suppliers put a reasonable price on thier plants and make a good profit whilst making the customer happy.

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    N. rajah is similar priced to most other slow growing highland Nepenthes, so I also won't call it expensive. There is not such a big market for those freak plants like Nepenthes and the effort to produce them is high and therefore prices are not as low as for mass market plants. Expensive are plants where only one nursery is able to supply them like N. campanulata and N. argentii (well there is a second very small source for N. argentii, where plants are much cheaper). They may ask extreme high prices from the first collectors wanting this special species, but therer are not that much people willing to pay those prices. After very few years prices drop considerably. N. campanulata price dropped from 80$ to 40$ few weeks ago and when I do remeber correct they were in the 120$ range last year...

    Joachim

    P.S.: The first four sterile clones of N. rajah in TC, which are still around here in Germany, where not send by mail from the UK to Germany - two enthusiasts travelled there to get them personally, not risking anything that time...

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    Rajah is quite cheaper than I figured it would be onsidering it's legendary status but if grown well it appearently makes many offshoots-starting at a young age. Mine is just 4" across (not including pitchers) and it's got 2 strongly growing side shoots/new plants! So that takes the price and divides it by 1/3 as I now have 3 rajahs! I won't seperate them for some time of course but it's a neat self propagating plant. Just make sure you can give it a dramatic drop in temp at night (down to 50-55*F) or you can loose it!

    I am anxious for the time when I can buy a cutting from a mature rajah at an affordable price...! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Sorry, removed post.

    Joachim

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    I seem to recall a professor from a university (in Wisconsin?) - I think Gibson was his name... writing an article in CPN showing his small rajah plants. A couple years later, I also seem to recall him asking thousands of dollars for the same plant/s, which were quite larger. I hope that if they were sold the proceeds went to the university!! Then, I think the same person had Heliamphora tatei, or was it neblinae?
    Anyway, the point I was going to make was that there was once a time, not so long ago, when N rajah and other rare plants were not available everywhere and were a lot more expensive than they are now, if you could even find them!
    Heck, $5000 in the 80s could have bought you all of Mt.Kinabalu! (That was a joke)
    Matt

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