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    Mine has grown best for me in about 1cm tray style water aloud to dry for a few days between watering in a 10 gallon aquarium with 1 20 watt light of some kind and a little fountain to up humidity to near 100%. This is not exactly what I would call an ideal set up or anything, but it's traps are usually red and it grows 1 to 1.5 new leaves a week and swells new pitcures one after the other continuiously. It made a new basel sprout not long ago and it went from ground hight no open leaves to about 2 inches tall with 7 leaves all with open pitchure on them in about 2 months. This species doesn't seem too picky, although mine usually slows in growth when I move it to higher light levels (don't know why, it just does).
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    I grew mine in a plastic PFT terrarium with some other plants it didn't belong with. I upped the light fairly soon by moving it to a new window. It liked that. I transplanted it into an aquarium with more appropriate neighbors. Gave it even more light. It liked that. Said "the heck with it" and moved everything outside. Oops! I burned a few of the leaves while it was in a hanging basket I had again retransplanted it into. I mean the leaves were scorched in one day. Three days of that and [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/ghostface.gif[/img].

    Then, as it got cooler again, and finally "cold" (for Florida), I transplanted it about two more times as I figured out that hanging baskets were too big and inefficient for my new regime (covered grow racks along the fence in the sun).

    Now, after all that, it's growing better than ever. So much for "Leave them alone." I would if I could. I use the scoop, pray, and try to get the whole root system method of transplanting. It's an art.

    From now on, I'm using the smallest containers I can get away with. I guess that's obvious to some people... Doh!

    Anyway, now I'm buying a lot of four and six inch glazed ceramic pots. If your plant grows out of whatever you are growing it in, consider yourself a nepenthes genius. I only have older plants, not ventricosa exactly (hybrids), that vine like crazy. They were at least a couple years old when I bought them.

    If it vines too much you can cut it to make more plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Beagle @ Jan. 22 2004,16:15)]I grew mine in a plastic PFT terrarium with some other plants it didn't belong with. I upped the light fairly soon by moving it to a new window. It liked that. I transplanted it into an aquarium with more appropriate neighbors. Gave it even more light. It liked that. Said "the heck with it" and moved everything outside. Oops! I burned a few of the leaves while it was in a hanging basket I had again retransplanted it into. I mean the leaves were scorched in one day. Three days of that and [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/ghostface.gif[/img].

    Then, as it got cooler again, and finally "cold" (for Florida), I transplanted it about two more times as I figured out that hanging baskets were too big and inefficient for my new regime (covered grow racks along the fence in the sun).

    Now, after all that, it's growing better than ever. So much for "Leave them alone." I would if I could. I use the scoop, pray, and try to get the whole root system method of transplanting. It's an art.

    From now on, I'm using the smallest containers I can get away with. I guess that's obvious to some people... Doh!

    Anyway, now I'm buying a lot of four and six inch glazed ceramic pots. If your plant grows out of whatever you are growing it in, consider yourself a nepenthes genius. I only have older plants, not ventricosa exactly (hybrids), that vine like crazy. They were at least a couple years old when I bought them.

    If it vines too much you can cut it to make more plants.
    Yah, N. ventricosa is not fond of direct sun... at least mine isn't. The things can take a beating and thrive though [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] just don't put it into direct sun and you're probubly good to go.... You fit one in a PFT bubble? Mine fit for maybe a month before it outgrew it and had to be moved. It's thretoning to outgrow my ten gallon now >_< Good thing I know it can live free standing.
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    I just wanted to clarify something. Nepenthes ventricosa loves a lots of light.The fact that your plant got burned leaves if because of the heat generated by the light and not the light itself. This plus lower humidity levels is a recipe for disaster.

    Gus

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