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    Hmmmm.... Where'd you get it? Looks beautiful!

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I doubt whether there is a more eloquent validation of your considerable skill as a grower than the pitcher pictured. Anyone who has experience cultivating the more difficult spp. in this genus can translate the results depicted with ease. Even with perfect conditions for alpine-type Neps, I have yet to succeed with juvenile N. villosa.
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]i'm green with envy!

    fabulous!
    Thanks for your kind words. Actually, if one can simply create
    an environment similar to this species' natural habitat, it is not
    difficult to grow. However, it is very slow, and failure to
    provide the correct conditions will, at best, yield a miserable
    specimen. For these reasons, I generally discourage most
    growers from attempting this species.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Hmmmm.... Where'd you get it? Looks beautiful!
    This species is readily available from a number of commercial
    growers. The plant shown in my photo was acquired as a
    small seedling, about 1 cm in diameter, a number of years ago.

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    Hi Jeff:

    Thanks for your reply. I thought the plant you have is not a young one!. In other words, it'll take years of careful cultivation for this species to produce those wonderful pitchers if you acquire a small seedling now.

    Regarding being the most difficult species to grow, well i disagree!.

    N. Lamii is 3 times more difficult to grow than villosa, under artificial conditions.

    Gus

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    It is interesting when one thinks difficult to grow.. I haven't found any Nepenthes difficult to grow. Difficult to replicate the conditions they want yes.. but once this hurdle is crossed the plants are very easy. To me a difficult to grow plant is one that even under ideal perfect conditions still will die in the blink of an eye 99 out of 100 times (there are quite a few orchids I have grown that would fall into this catagory).

    N. villosa is a stubbornly slow plant. Years and years and years.. and many more years are needed to produce such a great specimen as Jeff has done.

    I am tempted to put a chest freezer in my greenhouse!

    T
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (superimposedhope @ July 11 2004,5:38)]Cool, very nice man.
    Teeth always look cool

    Joe
    If you like teeth take a look at this: teeth! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    That's a pitcher of a flowering N.villosa in Mt. Kinabalu. That should give you an indication of how old it is, and how big the pitchers get.

    Good going and nice pics, neps!
    I should think yours is halfway to flowering, the one in the thread above is an exception. Grown o' natural, you know. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Jason

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    I think Villosa it is definitely difficult.

    I had tried everything from regridgerator to expensive cooling systems.
    it still died on me

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    Hmmmm.

    First, I would like to clarify that I did say "...the more difficult spp..." (note the plural termination) not the MOST difficult sp. - am I incorrect in placing Nepenthes villosa in this group? The best one I ever had, from Andreas Wistuba, was filched from its pot as a wee sprite by a kleptomaniacal band-backed wren and presumably (hopefully?) now adorns its night-time bivouac. I still pray that one day soon it, a fully-developed plant with massive pink-orange pitchers will konk me on the head as I wander about the yard ;>) The term "difficult", for me at least, includes plants that are maddeningly slow to grow. Yes, I still class this taxon thusly. I also watched two other TC plantlets wither away to mulch despite my efforts & entreaties, so maybe this one is just not to be for me.

    I do agree with most comments here that cultivating Neps, even the "difficult" ones, is child's play compared to keeping certain other organisms alive in captivity.

    None of this, however, detracts one iota from my admiration of this grower's obvious skill and patience!

    Bifn/SJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Thanks for your reply. I thought the plant you have is not a young one!. In other words, it'll take years of careful cultivation for this species to produce those wonderful pitchers if you acquire a small seedling now.
    Gus, you are welcome. Yes, it will take a few years to grow
    this plant to good size.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]It is interesting when one thinks difficult to grow.. I haven't found any Nepenthes difficult to grow. Difficult to replicate the conditions they want yes.. but once this hurdle is crossed the plants are very easy. To me a difficult to grow plant is one that even under ideal perfect conditions still will die in the blink of an eye 99 out of 100 times (there are quite a few orchids I have grown that would fall into this catagory).
    Tony, I agree completely.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I am tempted to put a chest freezer in my greenhouse!
    You should! Given your dedication and skill, I am curious
    to see the outcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Good going and nice pics, neps!
    I should think yours is halfway to flowering,
    Thank you, Jason! I do hope so!

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I had tried everything from regridgerator to expensive cooling systems.
    it still died on me
    I am sorry to hear this. Perhaps, if you can determine the
    reason for your lack of success, another attempt is in order?

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I do agree with most comments here that cultivating Neps, even the "difficult" ones, is child's play compared to keeping certain other organisms alive in captivity.

    None of this, however, detracts one iota from my admiration of this grower's obvious skill and patience!
    I must concur with your remarks regarding the difficulty of
    keeping other kinds of organisms alive, for I have a reef tank,
    and as we all know, many of the organisms living there are
    very sensitive, indeed!

    In any event, thank you for your kind words!

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