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Thread: Transplanting a N. truncata

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    Have I posted a pic of my N. truncata before? Anyway, here's the latest pitcher:
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    I think it's time to repot it as it's in the same 4inch pot it came in. The problem is, how do I get it into a larger pot with that giant, rigid pitcher hanging over the side? I suppose I could put it near the edge of the pot, but then the whole plant is at the edge of the pot.

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    what are your growing conditions?

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    I got a 400 watt MH light, and a wire rack from Costco, and put it in my dining room. So, household temperatures. Actually, it gets a bit warm under the lights - maybe 75-80 during the day, 60 degrees at night. I probably average 65% humidity. So nothing special. It's just a hardy plant!

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    Depends if it is in need of a transplant. Roots might not be near the bottom of the pot. If they are then I guess you should repot it. You could check the roots if you wanted, but if it was me, I'd leave it alone. Looks nice and happy. Wouldn't want to set root disturbance on it. Up to you though really, if you want it in a bigger pot or whatever.

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    I agree with Dustin. Unless the potting mix is breaking down, I'd leave it alone. We've noticed that truncata does not have a large root system in general, and seems to not mind being a little under-potted.
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    Heck, I'll leave it alone then! I figured with that pitcher size, it would need a bigger pot! This pitcher is at least an inch and a half bigger than the last, and I figured the next one might just tip it over!

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    I have had to set my N. truncata into bigger pots to keep them from tipping. Usually the pitchers do a good job of supporting the plant since they usually rest on the ground. I also agree that N. truncata doesn't seem to have the largest root system but instead makes a tight wad of roots in my experience. So it doesn't mind being in a small pot. I have had 12"+ diameter plants in 4 inch pots and they seemed happy.

    When it does come time to repot you can sometimes tilt the pitcher horizontal so it rests on the top of the new potting mix if it won't reach over the edge of the pot. There isn't much else you can do except cut them off or bury them (which I prefer not to do). Potting the plant off center is a possibility but usually my plants have pitchers all around so this doesn't help.

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    Ah Tony covered it all. I was going suggest potting up next to the rim so that one hangs over.

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