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    Hey Stephano, my ventricosa 'red' is the same - 2" tall with 3-4" pitchers. Morning light, 4 hours direct. I can't let it get more though, because it's sitting on my desk and I can't control the humidity and because I live in a deserty region it could easily burn leaves. I believe some of the pitcher size differences could be due to the age of the plant, how old is yours? Mine's almost 3 years old now, the pitchers do seem to be getting larger as it ages.
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    Thanks everyone, ill see if i can get them into more light, the only problem is they will dry up to fast so ill have to constantly water them

    wickedthistle, my ventosica is about 2 and a half or so, possibly almost 3 also, its strange tho, i would like to get my neps to have a larger pitcher to leaf ratio instead of the other way around
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    You won't have to water N. bicalcarata soo often if you use a deep saucer with a bit of water in it always. I use the tray method on my big N. bicalcarata and it does fine, I occasionally let it get dry for a few days to allow the roots to "breathe" and air out the medium, but since my evapotranspiration rate is much lower in my growchamber and your ETR is much higher (cine yours is outdoors I assume being in S. Florida) then you may have to maintain a higher level of water in the saucer for the bical. I'd say aroudn 1-2 icnhes of water will be fine for it.

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    Also I hear if you grow the plant with live lfs on top of the medium,I have tried this on my vft with very positive results the traps were less then 1\2 in. and now are 1 1\4 in.!
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    in my bical pot there is a small part of LFS growing, im trying to get it to grow more, and i put some around my ampullaria and northiana, trying to keep it alive and for it to grow
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    if you want big ventricosa pitchers, give the leaves lots of light, but give the tip of the tendrils very little light. you'll get a monster pitcher, then you can move it out into the sun to color it up!

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    Cool tip spec so basically your giving the plant plenty of sun,yet depriveing the pitcher of sun so it gets "stretched out" ? Neatto.
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    Spec,

    From a practical perspective, how are you achieving this?

    Moving the plant do different light levels at different stages of leaf-tendril-pitcher development?

    OR

    Shielding the tendril and pitcher from light by some means?

    Aaron.

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