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    Ok my truncata has been staying the same for a long time. IT only grew 2 leaves since i got it. and it has never pitchered since I had it but it had some when i got it. Its in a 3 inch pot and the leaves just about fill the pot they dont really hang over it. It is really wierd cause it doesnt pitcher and its so slow. what could i do [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
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    It doesn't pitcher for you? Well that's a first considering it's an easy growing species. The only thing that comes to my mind is Humidity levels. What conditions are your plants growing in?
    I think that all of them are pretty slow growing, mine is growing at a steady rate though, but look pretty fast since it's so big.
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    My truncata has been growing very slowly, then, once it got past a certain size, it's growth speed stayed the same, but the pitchers were much larger with each new leaf.

    About humidity, i've heard since they have thick leaves stems and pitchers, they could tolerate lower humidity, but not Sahara like. Maybe temps are the problem.
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    N. truncata grows slow when its small. Growth speeds up very quickly once it gets larger (about 6 inches diameter) then it takes off and gets large very quickly. Pitchers do take a while to inflate. How do you think I like to wait for a 1.5 foot tall pitcher to inflate fully! lol Regarding on what is bothering it, I would check your light levels. More light will certainly help it snap around, I would be careful with humidity levels also, generally they should remain above 60% for good growth, anything lower and I'd be a little leary, although the plant does have thick leaves it really pitchers and grows better if its mild and moderately humid.

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    Some more cultural details would certainly help alot in trying to evaluate the situation.

    How long you have had the plant. Day and night temperatures, type of lighting, amount, and daylength (if artificial lighting), size of the plant when you got it, size it is now etc. The more information the better the odds at coming up with a solution.

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    Hi all,
    A few weeks ago I recorded the growth of a young truncata (compared with a hybrid) and documented it with photos here
    I'd also recommend to increase light levels, humidity can get pretty low here. However, i if the humidity stays higher the pitchers will last longer.

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    ok i grow them in my room with other neps and they pitcher. i would say humidity is about 60% i am not sure. i spray them daily and they get plenty of water. i grow a huge nep sanguinea with it. day temps are bout 75 and night temps arnt more then 10 degrees less. day length is 15 hours.
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    well.... temps are a tad low so that will slow it down. Maybe the light isn't bright enough? Or maybe it just hasn't adjusted to your conditions yet. You didn't say how long you have had it but did indicate it has only grown 2 leaves since you got it. That is not a whole lot for a new plant to become fully established.

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