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    Hi all!

    I'm new here, and thought I'd post a few questions ive got.

    I'm thinking of getting meself a N. bicalcarata in a lil while.
    It seems like a not-too-impossible Nep to grow, plus it's absolutely gorgeous in my opinion [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    I've read tho, that it gets quite large fairly quick, and soon reaches a diameter of like 6 feet.
    Is this true? or is it theoretical, due to 3 foot leaves hanging down, thus making diameter smaller?

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    First off, Welcome to the PFT Forum, Daniel!!!

    Anyway N. Bicalcarata becomes a HUGE plant. Not only the leaves are huge but the pitchers as well.

    Size is a big factor when considering to grow this fanged pitcher plant.

    Here's a growing guide of it:
    N. Bicalcarata

    Also some of the members here grow this plant. You might want to ask them.

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    The plants do eventually really grow to about 6' diameter. They work well in warm humid terrariums for a little while, but then they get cramped and you need larger spaces. But if you start out small you can enjoy one for at least a year or two. I also thing the pitchers are gorgeous.
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    One word, Titanus! One of the largest Nepenthes (plant wise), pitchers are not slouch either, but the plant is really big. It need hot, steamy conditions with moderate shading. Large pots are required eventually. Mine is around 3 foot in diameter with 6 inch tall (15cm) pitchers.

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    Pictures speak louder than words:

    That's a large ... and deadly, birdbath



    Best of Show winner at the first NECPS show last October

    To give you a better idea of the scale, here's one of the pitchers:
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    Hot darn, those are some huge plants!!
    Truly magnificent though, so it would most likely be well worth the trouble of finding the space for one.

    If it takes like a year or two for it to get really big, i'll have time to build a large enough tank for it (and other ones o'course)...

    As I'm kinda new to these plants, could you recommend any other ones that are suitable for a not-so experienced Nep freak?
    I'm thinking lowland mostly, as they seem easier to keep alive.

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    some people think this species grows **** fast. I thought so too, and thought I'd have an 8 inch plant by christmas when I got a 4 inch one in october. well its about 6 inches now. However it did make lots of cool traps. I think you should definetly use a very big pot, and remember to keep it warm and humid like everyone says. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Nepenthes are the easiest of all CPs to keep, in my opinion, because you almost have to keep them in closely regulated conditions (ie a terrarium). So, take a terrarium, keep it warm, humid, and well lit (how hard is that), and you should be able to grow most of the lowlanders well. Now as far as which ones won't outgrow a small terrarium in a few months... N. campanulata is a very interesting lowland plant that stays extremely compact. N. gracilis grows fast, but is petite and can be pruned easily when it gets out of hand.

    If you want a truly simple plant, requiring no special setup, most of the 'intermediates' are the way to go, and in many places they don't even require a terrarium, but will do fine in your window. N. alata highland aka luzon, N. ventricosa, N. sanguinea. Especially the latter.

    The first of those two N. bicalcarata plants grows outside in southern Florida at Orgel's Orchids, the other in the greenhouse of Black Jungle. So there aren't a lot of ordinary joes that can grow a full-size bical. Just the freaks like most of the people you'll meet here. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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