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    As promised on another thread, I've been busy with my camera in the highlands over the past few days. Finally whittled it down to about 30 or so photos which will be put onto a gallery on our website tomorrow but here's a selection:

    Here is the view from just inside the door of No. 5. This is a production area and the plants hanging on the left are mostly N. burbidgeae, the ones on the right are mostly N. copelandii – Mt Pasian form, which have yet to be released commercially.


    Here are some Nepenthes in flower. This is the protected “harem”. When identified as such, boys are banned from this nursery and kept in another nursery building to prevent accidental cross-pollination.


    This is the first photo of the natural hybrid N. truncata (highland) x copelandii from Mt. Pasian on Mindanao Island, Philippines…


    A shot of the center of the stock area. Working from front to back you can see N. boschiana, N. lowii – upper, N. lowii – lower and N. x trusmadiensis (N. lowii x N. macrophylla). In between are all sorts of other things such as N. ephippiata, N. macrophylla, N. villosa N. truncata, N. burbidgeae and a host of other intermediate, highland and ultra-highlanders. So you can see, it really is possible to grow these plants alongside each other in the same conditions. Typical temperatures in this nursery are 25 deg C day and 12 deg C night.



    Here is the N. x trusmadiensis again…


    … and I like N. x trusmadiensis so much, here it is again! I like this fabulous natural hybrid for many reasons, it's quite stunning IMO. This pitcher is 25cm or 10” from base to lid but this is still very immature. I have never been fortunate enough to see this hybrid in the wild, despite toiling up M.t Trus Madi several times but photos of wild specimens show immense pitchers.


    Our first upper pitcher of N. lowii. This is a very compact plant being only 12cm or 4” from the surface of the compost to the petiole of the leaf with the upper pitcher on it…


    Lower pitcher of a rather nice form of N. boschiana. This pitcher is 30cm or 12” tall…


    Poor gecko. R.I.P.!


    Hope you enjoyed.

    Rob Cantley
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    Rob,
    Absolutely stunning...And I always enjoy seeing your greenhouses and setup.
    Being that we're stuck here in the Florida lowlands, I have always noted that all our plants do best during the "sweet spots" of the year: fall and spring. For the last month, we've had days around 29 C and nights averaging about 16 C. All of our Nepenthes are producing large pitchers and solid growth-everything from bicalcarata to maxima and eustachya. It seems to be a temperature range that supports the widest selection of species. Our summer nights are killer for highland plants with a typical low of 25 C. Have you experimented with different clones of highland plants to see their heat tolerance?
    I was wondering specifically about the highland truncata and copelandii. There's many growers in areas like the southeastern part of the US that would be interested.
    Again, fantastic photos. Keep 'em coming!

    Trent

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    Thanks Trent,

    Different clones of the same species seem to exhibit quite a wide range of vigor ant temperature tolerance. I have to say that I haven't tried growing true highlanders in lowland conditions with any degree of success. They seem to hang in there for a while and then start to go downhill.

    The N. copelandii x N. truncata hybrid is a very vigorous and strong plant but alas it's not in tissue culture, otherwise I'd send you one. We have two plants only, both from seed.

    Hopefully the future will see highland-lowland crosses that you will be able to succeed with in Florida too. So many of the more spectacular species are highland and I really do know how you feel. I lived 10 years in Brunei without any sort of highlnand facility and tried al sorts of tricks to keep highlanders going there without air conditioning but to no avail.

    I believe that evaporative cooling techniques have been used successfully by Cliff Dodd to grow some spectacular highlanders in Florida.
    Rob Cantley
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    Trent,

    A little addendum. I misread your posting, I thought you were asking about N. truncata x copelandii. Now, realising you were asking about the species, I think there may well be potential for the highland N. truncata in Florida given the temperatures you quote. We've taken it as 6" dia. plants from the highlands here to the lowlands and grown them qute well for about 4 months before retardation set in. Our lowland conditions are extreme, 33 deg. C max, 28 deg. C min being typical, so you might well want to try it. Highland N. truncata comes in quite a variety of colorations too. I think it was the large plant as a centerpiece that helped us win an RHS gold and clinch a place at Chelsea for 2005.

    Not sure about N. copelandii as I haven't tried it in lowland conditions yet.

    Rob
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    Hello Rob,

    the beauty of the plants and pitchers can't be expressed in words! I'm completly out of breath! The N. lowii is wonderful! How old is this plant (must be over 10 years old?!)and what soil do you use? I see some large N. villosa in big pots, do the plants need such large pots to reach this size? Is N. x trusmadiensis comercially availible at the moment?
    Again wonderful pictures, please take some more!!! =)

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    Great looking set up and plants.

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    Trent,
    I think your best chance is to build a 2000 m mountain in Florida, lol
    Is there such a place in the US that has that kind of temperature range..maybe the mountains in Mew Mexico and Arizona?
    Rob, most spectacular. Is the lowii witht he upper from a cutting? I am trying to justify that upper on such a short stem, but not having grown plants like that, I have no clue.

    Cheers,

    Joe

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    Rob:

    Beautiful, ulcer-from-envy-inducing plants!

    Brgds,

    SJ

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