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Thread: Nepenthes Alata from Gublers??

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    So I was going to Lowes hard-ware to pick up some soil and other stuff for my cold chamber and i saw that they had a new order of Carnivoros plants Just the Gublers cp's with the 3 inch pot and the cup-dom over the top of the plant i know Gublers ORCHIDS some times has N.Alata from what they say i also have been told they sometimes have N. x Velvet but most of the time all i see is just Maxima hybirds and judith-Finn as well. But it was a full box of plants so i was first pick to them most of the nenpenthez in the box were all Maxima Hybirds from what i could see saw a judith finn too but in the back there were only two Nepenthes Alata with 3 inch pitcher's look very nice for gublers! they even were Taged with "N.alata" so i just think it was kool to see something diffent with gublers cause i have never seen alata in those cups before and i got the two plants for just "6.00$ even" each plant are good size with nice looking pitcher's they dont look like a typical gubler plant with tiny pitcher's there good size i mean 3 inch's for that brand is pretty good [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I suspect they are N. x ventrata rather than true N. alatas.

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    Isn't that illigal? To incorrectly lable a product like that?
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    Darcie,
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    True alot of brand's like that do tend to miss lable porducts i think it could just be a N. x ventrata- but it doesnt look like the ventrata i have so i dont know its hard to tell at this time. Electric Carnivores
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    You know, I got my healthiest, best growing N. ventricosa from an OSH store. Don't remember if it was Gubler's or not, but I think it might have been. This is the exception to the rule, however. If you want to be sure of a good plant, buy one from here or one of the more reputable places.

    I think probably the plants are healthy when they leave those places, and really languish from lack of care once they leave the premises and end up in Home Depots and Lowes and such.

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    If the peristome is flared, then it is not alata, from what I understand. I used to buy Nepenthes from Japanese DIY stores, and they frequently had ventratas, and also (but rarely) had alatas.

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    I don't know why that here in Florida, where a lowland nepenthes or hybrid has a fighting chance to survive outdoors for a couple years, I never find any for sale in regular nurseries. Most of the "tropical pitcher plant"(s) * I bought from Lowe's were ventrata (n. ventricosa x n. alata, I'm told) grown in Europe -- I'd wager. The other plants they were selling are commercially grown in bulk over there also: coccinea (n x (n x n)), whatever) and Miranda (n x mixta, or something).

    The Europeans call our "ventrata", "alata". This was the answer to my first long confusing nepenthes ID question. Now my answer always is: "yes, that's a nepenthes all right."

    *That's the best way to avoid any labeling problems. Be so general that it's useless.

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