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    I used to keep mine in my standard Nepenthes mix, but I had read somewhere that they are usually found growing in LF sphagnum in the wild so I changed the mix to 100% LF sphagnum. I think that shocked it a little, and it slowed down for about a month, but It's growing well again, and the newest pitcher is starting to get big now. I keep it with all of my other lowland Neps outside, so I don't think that I can give you much help there. Temp range is in the 76-87F range (low 80s in the day high 70s at night) with humidity in the 70-100% range (higher during the night). I have it on the bottom shelf next to my ampullaria mirabilis and Coccinea, so it gets more shade than my other plants. That's basically it. I treat it like the others basically.

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    Bicalcarata although able to take somewhat cool conditions for short periods, its growth rate is reduced sharply. They grow in lowland peat bogs.. hot and humid.
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    Your merrilliana outgrows it???!!!! Wow! Something is wrong! I think ya need to raise your temps. BTW, my new Merrilliana from PFT Thanks guys! Is doing great! New leave already and it looks like a pitcher may form! I can't wait! My other Merrilliana that was doing REALLY bad lok as though it may come back! It is very nice having postive results now!

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    hmmm...

    well, I am starting to think it is the temperatures... I always figured that 4 48" tubes was offering sufficient heat. Perhaps not.

    Also, the plant that is under the ven x max seems to be doing better than the one in bright light... I wonder if it's getting so much?

    I have an old aquarium heater that I can stick in water to raise the temperatures... I guess that is what is going wrong. perhaps I will make an attempt at rectifying htis later this week.

    I am getting a new N. ALbomarginata from tony in, so this i think, is my plan.

    I am going to go out to my parents property and get some more shale (Doesn't release minerals into the tank) and increase the size of the mountain I hide my ultrasonic in, I am also going to start building some little pots into it, for sundews and such. On the bottom of the mountain, I am going to put int he tank heater with a tub of water, higher up, I am going to have the humidifier, so it's mist will travel down the mountain, hopefully i can create channels to direct it. This will obviously be a larger project, so It will take a while..
    I will post pics when I am done.

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    Heh! Good luck! I'd like to see that.

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    i ordered a bical on saturday

    mindmaze did you get it from michael catalani?

    the place where the plants live in the jungle? i got mine from the jungle place along woith N. tobaica

    :biggrin:

    if you got from there too, did it com in a pot and with what mix?

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    Catalani sends all his plants bare root in Sphagnum moss. They are not badly shocked when you get them IMO anyways. You see how my Truncata and Rajah adapted from him. And Grow Bicalcarata in a nice roomy pot for it I would say a 8-10 incher right now and make the soil pure Sphagnum or Peat and Sphagnum Or pure peat and a little perlite like 80-20 ratio.

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    OMG I THOUGHT THEY CAME IN POTS@!!!!!!!!!!

    could i use a orchid basket of 6" for my bical and line it with LFS then for the mix make it schultz sphaghnum peat moss/perlite?

    could i do the same with the tobaica? or will tobaica need like 8" or will both of em need 8"


    but how coem i saw u get ur rajah in a pot?[img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

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