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Thread: New n. ampullaria colorations

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    Nice plant. Now I'm envious! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Who will ever know if it's the same? I am happy now that I am getting two red giants from Malesiana(was on a waiting list). The one I had originated from Exotica(Geoff Mansell), I am pretty sure, and you can see a pic on his old website. I don't remember it mentioning the pitchers were bigger than normal. For some reason, this plant never pitchered to that point(though the N. benstonii was fine as was the albomarginata), but I had the impression it was the same plant in Clarke's book. I assumed the plant was in shock and would snap out of it, darn it.

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    Griffin, how long where you on the waiting list for that one?
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    And how large do the pitchers get? 3-4" ?

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    Officially, I am not sure. I just told them while trying to order some stuff I had been waiting two years for that to reappear on their price list and they sent me an e-mail recently that they are ready. It's still not on their list as available, last I checked.
    I do not know how big the pitchers get.
    I suspect with how may seed Rob gets a chance to throw down, living in the right environment that he does, that sometime in the future we will see an all purple form of ampullaria.

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    I recently talked to the folks at Malesiana about the giant red on their price list. It doesn't confirm if it is exactly the same that Tom Hayes has pictured but sounds at least similar..

    "Please be advised that N. ampullaria 'giant red'. is red with gold-green peristome"


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    Thumbs down

    Griffin,

    Throw down seeds? THROW down seeds?!! I'll have you know that I carefully put each one down and then spray it with water until it is in intimate contact with the media... well, almost! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    I'm going to be contentious here [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] ... I don't believe that there is any such thing as a "giant form" of Nepenthes ampullaria. In my opinion, under certain conditions any plant of this species can produce "giant" pitchers. One way would be to wait many years and train it to climb through the gloom as if for a jungle canopy. In the wild, in certain areas of juvenile dipteropcarp forest, the amps have attained the canopy. The woody stems can be thicker than your thumb and produce beautiful aerial rosettes with enormous pitchers. However, if you take cuttings from those plants and grow them in higher light levels, they revert to normal growth and size. Now I expect someone will prove me wrong [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    Rob,

    I hear you on the "giant" description. I am more interested in the red coloration. I do have Cantley's red, also(named for some Nepenthes nut in Sri Lanka). Maybe the most useful thing about naming it "giant red form" is that we can be pretty sure that anyone who says they have it , is growing one of hese cuttings from Malesiana. The biggest pitchers I have seen of ampullaria(in pictures, of course) are from, I believe, Irian Jaya.
    As for sowing Nepenthes seed, I have sparyed a misting bottle until my hand went numb and never get satisfactory seed-on-soil contact, lol. I need to catch a misty, drizzly rain I guess and let the pots get rained on.
    We can be jealous of your conditions all we want, but as you said, you moved there for that purpose. I have not even moved to Florida(I live in Nebraska) for a better climate for a lowland greenhouse. It would be financial suicide to do that here.

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    Joe

    PS Sorry about the "Thrown down' comment [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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