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    I picked up this VERY sorry looking pair from a non-cp nursery today for a couple of bucks (AU$) each and though the pictures were worthy of sharing, even if it is just out of sympathy.

    As you can see they are in a pretty sorry state having been prodded, poked, torn, dried, over heated, under heated, etc, etc....but will pull through just fine with a little TLC in the glasshouse.

    In these shots they look even better than a few hours earlier as I had trimmed all the dead material off and given them a big soak to get the peat-based substrate re-hydrated (was boan dry and the water just ran of it).

    N. ventricosa x rafflesiana

    Although the pitchers are in bad shape they appear to have quite a strong Raff appearance in terms of shape, though the plant and pitcher colouration looks very Ventricosa.


    N. tobaica x ampullaria


    To give you a size perspective, the slate tiles are 20x30cm (8x12").

    So what do you think has caused the yellowing on the Tob x Amp? It does not look like the usual drying out or sunburn to me. Could it be some type of fertiliser burn?

    Aaron.

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    I've seen several bicals with similar looking old leaves. I wouldn't be surprised if that's just the way a bical leaf goes out, and you're seeing it in the hybrid.

    For example, this one:
    http://necps.org/images....ata.jpg
    Has a similar looking leaf, that's obviously on its way out due to age.

    I'm a bit surprised that you can buy such big, properly labeled hybrids at random nurseries. Most neps i've seen (especially that big) at supermarkets, garden centers, etc. are labeled as 'Tropical Carnivorous Plant Nepenthes spp' or 'N. xtobiaca' or some other such nonsense.
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    Arrow

    Nice catch, Aaron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (AaronJ @ May 20 2004,7:31)]I picked up this VERY sorry looking pair from a non-cp nursery today for a couple of bucks (AU$) each and though the pictures were worthy of sharing, even if it is just out of sympathy.

    As you can see they are in a pretty sorry state having been prodded, poked, torn, dried, over heated, under heated, etc, etc....but will pull through just fine with a little TLC in the glasshouse.

    In these shots they look even better than a few hours earlier as I had trimmed all the dead material off and given them a big soak to get the peat-based substrate re-hydrated (was boan dry and the water just ran of it).

    Although the pitchers are in bad shape they appear to have quite a strong Raff appearance in terms of shape, though the plant and pitcher colouration looks very Ventricosa.


    N. tobaica x ampullaria

    To give you a size perspective, the slate tiles are 20x30cm (8x12").

    So what do you think has caused the yellowing on the Tob x Amp? It does not look like the usual drying out or sunburn to me. Could it be some type of fertiliser burn?

    Aaron.
    Well it looks like you did a pretty good job of washing it up then...at first glance I thought it was fresh from a nursery! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    How much did you buy them for? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    EDIT: There ya go jason, pics removed. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]




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    oops sorry about that, I don't know pictures still appear as pics on a quote... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    (I thought the links would show...never mind) [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Phew, that's a first, we learn something new every day don't we!?! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I'm a bit surprised that you can buy such big, properly labeled hybrids at random nurseries. Most neps i've seen (especially that big) at supermarkets, garden centers, etc. are labeled as 'Tropical Carnivorous Plant Nepenthes spp' or 'N. xtobiaca' or some other such nonsense.
    I can only speak for here in Australia. A couple of the local commercial growers (we have about 4x major growers in Australia) offer a varied range of species and hybrid neps to both supermarkets and general nurseries. You need to be a retail outlet and purchase a minimum number (100 plants in one example) to qualify.

    So far I am yet to see ANY Nep at these places that was not clearly labeled by the grower. Admittedly I do almost all of my buying direct from the growers, but I saw these 2 plants, did not have them yet and figured I could bargain the price down a fair bit due to their condition.

    Jason,

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    Quote[/b] ]Well it looks like you did a pretty good job of washing it up then...at first glance I thought it was fresh from a nursery!
    They got a good 30 minute soak to rehydrate the substrate, pruned off all the completely dead pitchers and leaves, and then washed down the leaves to remove all the dust and dirt. So they do look quite a bit better than at first.

    As for price - AU$7 (about US$5) each down from AU$14 each. I'm happy with that!

    Aaron

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    Just a quick update. Both plants are coming along nicely. The N. ventricosa x rafflesiana is growing well and producing 3-4 new pitchers.



    The N. tobaica x ampullaria has coloured it's leaves back up (a few died and were removed) and has produce two nice new leaves with swelling pitchers.



    Aaron.

    Edit: Sorry I had the names all mixed up. Will blame it on being home sick [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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