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    ok...I've had a lil n. bicalcarata for hmm... a little over a year. When I got it it was about five inches from leaf tip to leaf tip. Now it's seven. Now call my cynical but that's a little disappointing, considering all the plantlore of bicals growin a few feet in a year. I mean the bloody thing has its happy 80% humidity, and lots of light, and VERY warm. Plus the soil is all peaty and crap. Another annoying thing is taht one day the pitchers thought it would be funny to die, so now I only have two. Any tips?

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    how consistant are you growing parameters....

    You say thats its at a happy 80% humidity but for how long through out he day. If its one thing I've noticed with my bical (and its growing quite fast I might add) is it can not stand any general fluctuations in its chamber. One time the humidity decided to drop for a few hours (left the door slightly open) and it dropped two of its pitchers....
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    If it's only gained 2" in a year.. then it is not happy.

    How warm is warm? What are your day and night temperatures? What do you mean by lots of lights?? What kind and how much? How close to the plant? Is it growing new leaves on a regular basis? Do they look a nice medium green? Can you post a picture of the overall plant?

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    Sometimes (from my info sources at least), when they say it is fast growing, they don't mean fast maturing. They just mean it puts out leafs and pitchers pretty fast. Sometimes you have to be carefull when you get info online (or from someone you don't know has a lot of info).

    Yes, Bical does not seem happy with humidity fluctuations. Mine, only gets humidity up to 70-75%, but it does't go up and down and up and down, so it's happy and it's produced two pitchers for me, and i've just had this for about a month or two. The leaves are getting larger very fast too.

    My growing parameters are (mine does well in this mind you):
    Heat: 85-95 during the day 75-85 at night (depending on season, winter lower end of spectrum summer higher end)
    Humidity: approx 70% during the day, 75-80% at night.
    Daylight: Outside in a greenhouse.
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    Perhaps it has root rot from the heavy peat mix. Mine is in pure Sphagnum moss from Chile, I've fertilized it and even let humidity plummet but nothing bothers it, well considering it was in Mikes greenhouse in 30% humidity and slightly moist, perhaps I have a battle hardened one! lol

    Mine 2 plants do great in my lowland chamber in the greenhouse with:
    90plus F in the day
    above 60% RH
    very moist soil
    high light
    temps ranging from 60F to 65F at night
    Plenty of mist cascading over them from the ultrasonic fogger.

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    uhmm ok
    well I live in Southern California so its bloody hot here even in the winter. I'd say about 80-85 day time, and hmm... 70 at night. (i used to have a thermometer there)... I used to have a heat pad however it was warm enough without one. But after looking at Dustin's temp and plant maybe I put it back eh...
    the color of the plant is fine. I'll post a pic soon.. im waitin till this new pitcher forms tho. I think it's starting to get a little bigger, for about nine months it did not grow whatsoever. Thanks for replyin everyone...
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    ok so i just looked at teh plant after reading replies, and I'm even more pissed off cuz right now both pitchers are starting to die. (there used to be like 7), then five died, then these two are

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    I would say it is time to repot into sphagnum. Most people(not all) have best success with this species in a sphagnum mix-odd for a plant that comes from peat swamps, but the Drosera growers on this forum know there are lots of plants from peaty areas that seem to do best in sphagnum.
    I guess the Q is how much peat is in your soil? I had one in the past that seemed to do great in 50/50 peaterlite.

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