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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Do you think it is important that the roots spread out or just that there is enough room for them overall? Do you think they tend to just have a wide spreading root system because in the wild the conditions are not right in the soil for them to penetrate deeper so they just naturally grow laterally instead?

    My theory is they need alot more space for roots because they make a huge root system compared to other Nepenthes but as long as there is enough room it doesn't matter if they are horizontal or vertical. So that a deep pot would be just as effective provided the conditions are correct for the roots at the deeper zones in the pot.
    I wasn't going to say anything about this yet as only one plant isn't a very good sample from a statistical point of view. In a few months time we plan on digging up probably 10 plants and carefully comparing them with plants grown in pots. However, the one we dug up and compared with a similar sized nursery grown plant in pot supports your theory. The roots seemed to go down as much as sideways just like other species if they have the room, so a deep pot may be as good as a wide one provided drainage is good.

    If you have a dozer, I'd like to hire it please! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] We pay far too much to hire machinery here and I need to plough some more fields. Actually we have a couple of hectares of unused farmland and perhaps we could help repopulate mountains and get N. rajah of that pesky CITES Appendix I list!

    I'll keep a look out for your pontoons and you keep a look out for mines in the harbor when you get here [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    Rob,

    Fantastic stuff. I'm green with envy ;-)

    Even more of a reason to get myself back to Sri Lanka some time soon. I was there in about 1981/82 for 6 weeks and loved the place even though I was only 11/12yo. Have you been to Yala National Park? Is it even still there

    Questions:

    In simple terms (not up with my eology) what's the makeup of that red soil? Is it a red clay of some type? Volcanic? Acid/neutral? Rich/poor?

    Any other species that are doing well in it?

    Thanks,

    Aaron.

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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] you actually have a field of n. rajah, like a pumpkin patch or something!? you're lucky [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    Nice! i think i need to find a shovel as well Tony [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    I'll answer your post tomorrow Aaron. It's getting late here but I want to address the important and worrying issue of extended shovel handles first.

    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    Extra-long shovels are banned from Borneo Exotics' premises. Firstly, we have 4 dobermans (really!) that are trained to attack long shovel handles and keep on chewing upwards until there is nothing left to chew upon.

    Despite this, several people have attempted to introduce long shovel handles into our premises. Then we have Leon. Leon is our Systems Administrator and is quite good with website design. You can take a sneak-peak at the beta version of our new website that is about to be launched soon at
    New Borneo Exotics Website, it's not all working yet but we're getting there.

    When the dobermans have finished splintering up the extra-long shovel handles, then Leon clears up the remains thus:



    Anyone care to have a try at my N. rajah field? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
    Rob Cantley
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    ROFL! Don't mess with Leon!
    Rob, that's awesome! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    YOU! Outta my gene pool!

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    What a great picture!

    SF

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    Don't you need special growing conditions for the rajah? didn't think you can grow them outdoors in full sun.

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