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    Okey Dokey,
    I know that they grow in lime and mineral etc...in the wild. How does this work out in cultivation? Should I add lime and or calcium? If they are a mineral native (so to speak) does municipal become ok to use. I have horticultural chunk grade lime and calcium such as shell or something similar are easy to find. What's the deal?

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    Hey, i recently purchased a Northiana not too long ago, im growing it in 100 LFS and its put out a brand new pitcher and ready to un-furl a new leaf, there WAS another pitcher forming but the #### thing broke off, word of advice, if and when you get yours and it thrusts a tendril down into the medium, dont pull it out
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    Oh Suck, yeah I did that with a different one. OOOps oh well it survived and I learned a lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (superimposedhope @ April 09 2004,4:29)]I know that they grow in lime and mineral etc...in the wild.
    N. northiana does not grow in alkaline mineral rich soil full of calcium. It grows in peaty soil composed of decayed vegetation. Quite mineral free and deffinately acidic!

    Now if I could put some negative highlighter on everyone's Savage Garden where it says to avoid peat and grow it in alkaline soil, MAYBE this nonsense will go away.

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    WOW! I also read @ wistuba that it is from lime cliff faces and such along with tentaculata, and like 8 others (I dont remember). I trust that you would know, Tony. Although I wonder why other commercial growers say otherwise.

    Anyways, grow the same as my other lowlanders. 100%LFS hot & humid.

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    Limestone cliff faces yes.. this does not translate into the plants growing in calcium rich soil. The high amount of rainfall and acidic nature of decomposing plant matter dissolve calcium fairly quickly where it accumulates into pockets of soil.

    The key to N. northiana is high humidity and steady warm temperature and moderate light.

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    Much help Tony, Thanks
    I can do that!
    Good luck Stefano1

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    Neps and Swords both have really large healthy N. northiana and can give you some pointers I am sure. You can also check out Neps information on N. northiana under his cultivation list at Plantswithattitude.com

    Unfortunately I just don't have the space to really grow a nice specimen properly.. but it sure is one of the most striking species.
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