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    ....Rob is watching his rajah in their rows...
    He hears a rustle as if something is walking between the rows...Danser comes out of nowhere out of the N. rajah field looking bewildered. He notices Rob and says, "Is this Heaven?"
    Rob scratches his head and replies, "No. It's Sri Lanka."

    Sorry, I could not resist. I would love to see a pic of these puppies though.

    Cheers,

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

    Whatever you're on, mines a double! These N. rajah's aren't quite big enough for Danser to hide amongst unless he's been reincarnated as a mouse! Anyway, Danser fell into a N. truncata pitcher last week... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

    Here are the promised photos. It rained heavily last night and mud splashed up on to the leaves so they don't look their best this morning but here we go:

    View of part of the plot:


    Another view of part of the plot:


    Close-up of part of the plot:


    Close-up of plant:


    They aren't very large yet with the largest being about 6-8" across (and there are many much smaller ones in another field) but it's been a problem species for us in the past and they are generally growing better than the ones in pots in the nursery.
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    Where's my shovel! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

    Are there some that get more sun/shade than others? Like those near the tree line? There appears to be some gradient in sizes there. Which could indicate they prefer a little shade? or perhaps it's just more of the bigger ones were planted there originally..

    Why are some marked with red labels? (someone was going to ask that so figured I would help them out hehe)

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    Good morning Tony!

    You can jolly well keep your shovel at home. Doesn't worry me too much unless it's got a loooong handle [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    The ones near the rock line get more sun than the ones near the tree-line - actually a 12' high bank to the next terrace above running E-W. However, the size factor isn't really showing up yet. It was sort of random overflow from the nurseries and they were planted out randomly. We have an Italian intern here who is doing quite a bit of research on growth of difficult species and he's monitoring them closely. They are still getting Osmacote but of course natural prey too. He dug one up last week to measure the root spread.

    The ones with red labels told me they had a desire to travel so they're marked to come with me to Lyon, France next month for the ICPS Conference. When they've enjoyed all the lectures and a few pints of beer I expect someone might want to buy them
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    Rob,

    This is a really brilliant thing you have done. Even though it's not on Mnt. Kinabalu(and they are getting Osmocote, and different insect prey), by having thse in the ground close at hand, you might be able to figure out some new angles on wild plants .
    Those look like big Osmocote pellets.

    Cheers,

    Joe

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    Tony and I can combine shovel handles Rob! Hey Tony, what about your dozer in the barn? We could really get some rajahs! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (nepenthes gracilis @ April 28 2004,6:43)]Hey Tony, what about your dozer in the barn?
    WOOT now that's an idea.. Let me fire it up! We can get some pontoons for it..really BIG pontoons. Pack the cooler!

    Rob,
    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.

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    :: Stands with his mouth open ::

    wow......
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