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Thread: How long does it take for n. ventricosa to pitcher

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    I've had my ventricosa for about 6 months, and nothing has been happening. It is making a lot of leaves, but no pitchers. Is there anything I can do, or should I just wait?
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    Hi, if you've just aquired it in the past 6 months it is probably still adjusting to its surroundings. To encourage pitcher formation, bright light and high humidity levels (60% and higher) are a must for pitchers to be produced.

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    Can't vouch for the humidity, but it helps if you water before the pot dries out [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] . Mine pitchered great until I forgot to water them and now the pitchers are dying back. The humidity in the window where I grow mine was usually around 30% to 35% this summer and they pitchered nicely.

    As Nep G said though, bright light, keep the humidity up, and give them time to get used to their new home.
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    Yeah, it all depends on your conditions. It SHOULD pitcher well within six months. So check the basics: proper light, humidity, water, and temperature.

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    When I bought mine from home depot, they pitchered within two weeks and havent stopped since...

    Is it growing new leaves?
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    He said it was.

    Anyway, check to see if the soil is wet, and see if the soil is the right type (too many nutrients is a BIG PROBLEM). Make sure it has plenty of humidity, though windowsill-like should be okay. If it is on a windowsill, make sure it is an east or west facing window. If it is in a terrarium, make sure it gets plenty of light. Temps should be around 70-90 during the day, and 50-70 at night. This is general, ventricosas are pretty tolerant of near frosts. Those are the max temps (for the high end of the spectrum) that you will get reliable pitchers. Cooler than that during the day, and the ventricosa will not reliably pitcher.

    There is a possibility that it's still adjusting, but no guarantees.
    Give it some time, if conditions are right, you'll get nice pitchers.
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    Just for reference my N. rajah hasn't pitchered for me for almost a full year and a half. So 6 months is nothing! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    But ventricosa is notoriously less capricious than rajah...
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