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    I was repotting my N.truncata into a larger pot and started to wonder...

    1. What would be the largest pot I need to keep N.truncata or N.bicalcarata (these two being potentially large plants) in for the next 2-3 years?

    2. Are there any lowland species that have lots of roots and require a larger pot?

    3. How deep should the pots be? A wider pot is advised for N.ampullaria because of its tendency to produce basal shoots. So should all nep pots be wider than deeper or the other way around?

    4. What the drawback for keeping a nep in a small pot and is a larger pot better for root health?

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    Well, I have my N. truncata planted in an enormous pot......I think the pot diameter is something like 40cm and it is around that deep as well. It was easily planted in the pot when I first got it (around a 32cm plant) now its easily exceeded the big pot making 32 plus cm tall pitchers and the planted, having flowered is around 90 some cm in diameter. I have a smaller N. truncata, a little bit younger than the original one I got some years ago and I planted it in a pot that fit its root mass. It has since then, increased 2 times in size from roughly 7cm in diameter to 16cm in diameter. So pot size may be a factor, but then again I have my N. bicalcarata (90cm in diameter just about as big as the truncata) in a pot about half its diameter, and people say they need to be in tremendous pot sizes, i wouldn't call mind tremendous but rather large. Then again, you can look at my other species, such as N. x rokko that is in a 5cm diameter pot and has a 6ft long flowering stem.

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    Truncata doesn't have as large a root system as bicalcarata, and is known for growig well in pots that are relatively small for the plant's size. The thing you need to think of with truncata is more having a pot big enough that the plant won't overbalance it.

    Bical is a different matter, it is a much, much larger species with a big root system. Bical also hates having its roots disturbed, so the rule that bigger is better for this species is true, as you don't want to have to repot it too often. Bical can die from the shock of being repotted. Plus, if you've ever tried to repot a 3 metre high bical, you know that it's not something you want to do if you want to be able to walk for the next couple of weeks...
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    Thanks for the info, guys. I will have to transplant my N.bical to a larger pot soon. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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    Hamish, probably sould think of repotting mine soon. May have to have 1 person hold the plant and me get it into its new pot! lol

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    Noone has really touched on 3 and 4.. so here goes.

    3 - Personally I like deeper than wider pots. Deeper pots drain better and I can squeeze more plants in because the same pot volume takes up less horizontal area.

    4 - Smaller pots require much more attention to watering as they don't have as much area and potting mix to hold water. So while it is possible to have a 3' N. bicalcarata in a 4" pot. The plant may need watering several times a day to keep it happy.. miss one watering and booom it drops dead from dessication. On the flip side too large a pot may cause other problems with waterlogged potting mix and stagnated air/water in the roots. So there is a happy medium in my opinion.

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    For real Sydney. Repotting a giant nepenthes like a mature truncata is no fun at all. Makes me remember I haveto repot mine.... I'm so tired. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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