I've been growing for over a year now and have noticed that ventrata seems to tolerate more abuse -- of every kind -- than any other nep. *I'm not trying to abuse them. *In Florida the humidity has gotten low (for us), it's gotten cold (for us), and it's baked the heck out of the plants (for anyone). *In each situation the ventrata has survived, even continued to pitcher.
The major thing that separates the ventrata from the pack is that I haven't been able to provide as much protection from the elements to all the ventrata as everthing else. *Two of the hanging baskets (one big plant, one basket with cuttings) have become attached to the porch -- nep vines and other vines. *Still, with less protection, even the cuttings basket has grown. *One has a little pitcher. * * *
Other hybrids I bought last year seemed to survive our cold spells better also. *Also, one alata "large upper peristome" seems the healthiest of all, pitchering on every new leaf. *Is that it? *Are the alatas (there are more than a few) tough?
I know ventricosa are pretty tough also. *That was one of my starter plants. *
In a nutshell, I've cooked ventrata in the mid-90s right in the middle of the afternoon, had them dry out when it began getting cold and windy, and had them covered with only a plastic garbage bag when it actually dipped below freezing for a brief period. *