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Thread: A Taste of the Frederik Meijer Gardens' Neps

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    Hey Trent
    We'll fill you in on that later...

    Good Growing!

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    I just can't wait to see this collection. I wanted to go to the grand opening of the cp house but I couldn't make it and I have been longing to see this collection ever since. I would urge anyone who can make this trip to join us. We're going to have a great time.

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    WOW!! Simply amazing, superbly grown plants, and superbly done pics!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/unclesam.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img] Thanks for sharing, I am looking forward to the answer to trent's question!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif[/img]
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Trent @ Jan. 08 2004,04:47)]Amori and Steve,
    Those are beautifully grown Neps. How about telling us a little about you folks grow them there-potting mix, temp ranges, humidity control, watering schedules. It's always interesting to hear the methods and techniques used by successful growers.
    Trent
    Thanks Trent,

    To start off, we use Reverse Osmosis water on all the CP, I have RO faucets in all the production houses as well as in the CP house so we are lucky to have unlimited GOOD QUALITY water. The plants are watered everyday for the most part, but you have to remember that they are all in greenhouses with very good air circulation and non of the neps sit in trays.

    The humidity is about 70% in the production houses. We have supplemental humidification in the CP house so that room stays at about 80% humidity. The collection is kept in three greenhouses:

    The public CP display house: 60-68F at night and 73-85F during the day. We rotate plant into display from greenhouse 1 and 2.

    Greenhouse 1: This is the warmest GH so the lowland plants are grown here. It stays between 75-80 at night and 78-85 during the day.

    Greenhouse 2: This is the coolest GH so the highland plants are grown here, it is kept between 58-63 at night and 68-75 during the day.

    It is important to note that the highland Neps hang right below the large exhaust fans, so cool air falls right down the glass wall and on to the plants. This side of the GH most likely dips into the mid 50's at night. I think the trick to growing nice highlanders is maintaining a difference between day and night temperatures. If we can keep the night temperatures about 15-20 degrees cooler then the day temperatures, the plants respond very well. Also, GH 1 & 2 are production houses so there are a lot of non-cp in them as well.

    This is our basic Nep mix:

    2 parts LF sphagnum
    2 parts fine orchid bark
    2 parts sphagnum peat moss
    1 part charcoal

    Amori has come up with a good mix for some of the more sensitive Neps in which he adds sponge rock and a bit more LF sphagnum to the above recipe. There are also some Nepenthes, like bicalc that we only grow in 100% LF sphagnum.

    Itís hard to say one mix is good for everything, but the basic mix above has worked very well for neps in our growing conditions. I have always said that 10 good Nepenthes growers will have 20 good soil recipiesÖ

    Well, I hope that helps, Iím sure Amori will have some more to add.

    Steve LaWarre
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    *twitch* *twitch* Still waiting for membership card to come. Want to see plants now... Soooooo *looks around* you're going to save us some plants in the gift shop right? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I always buy new plants when you have them in, but it's so hard to get their in time for the good ones. (I live about 20 minutes away)

    ...Any chance of a fanged monkey pot picture? Or is it being icky and not making traps right now? It's my favoret.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Steve L @ Jan. 08 2004,08:28)]Nice job Amori!

    I have to let you all know that Amori has been volunteering with the FMG CP collection for about a year and a half. He is awsome! Amori truly has the addiction. And he helps make these plants look great. I trust very few people with the care of the collection and Amori's help is fantastic.

    Nice Job Buddy.

    Steve LaWarre
    When you do take applications for that sort of work? I would love to help with the plants [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] After all, that is the collection that started mine *grin*
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    there is a fanged monkey pot picture. thats my favorite too. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Well, I hope that helps, Iím sure Amori will have some more to add.
    Steve, you forgot to mention what you told me today... Remember that some of these plants i.e. the N. bicalcarata became that huge because it has near unlimited root space. Most display plants don't grow in a pot, so they just SPREAD. Steve explained to me that one of the smaller bicalcs we have is older than the Big One. It's growing in a 14" basket, in the Nep mix explained above. Also, the soil moisture fluctuates all the time, so is more suited to highland Neppies.

    As for the production house Neps, most of them receive BioGold (organic fert.). Here is a list of plants that have done well, which we thought might not: N. rajah, N. hamata, N. villosa (in my collection), N. ephippiata, N. macrophylla, N. campanulata, N. merilliana, N. lowii, N. jacquelineae, N. inermis, N. diatas, and many many more. So far, no plants have suffered. I'm still trying to figure out whether giving it to N. northiana is reasonable...

    Good Growing everyone, and thanks again for the wonderful comments!!

    Amori

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