Awesome plants Trent
Awesome plants Trent
Thanks for the compliments! *Jan, our camera gets fogged too. *Glad your plants are doing well – say hello to Brett. *
Here are some more pictures from our greenhouse as promised. *It’s getting too overcast and cloudy to shoot any additional photos today, plus we have family (non plant related) things to do. *Hope you enjoy!
Ah yes, N. merrilliana. *Sometimes tricky, but worth the effort. This particular plant is the old Agristarts clone (discontinued for a while now), and some of these are getting up to size. *Our big plant is producing a ground shoot and here are some pics of the new traps. *This clone is very colorful, with its pink pitchers and red spots inside.
The N. rafflesiana and ampullaria jungle! *
Here are two very different looking N. rafflesiana growing side by side in the raff jungle. *
Though still a young plant, this is one of our favorite N. rafflesiana. *The leaves are beautiful. *It’s hard to see in this pic, but the stem is purple and the leaves age with a purple flush. *As you can see, the pitchers have heavy dark spotting, even on the lid. *
Now here are seed raised, greenhouse bred N. truncatas. *These are still young plants. *The solo plant is showing a lovely dark flush on the pitcher, and the peristome deepens to a chocolate color. *Pretty colorful for the lowland form. *The grouping of the N. truncatas are all siblings of the same grex and show the same dark color traits. *This is not because of the cool night temps, they did this all summer (with our night low of 78 degrees F). *Geoff Mansell bred these awesome dark lowland truncatas years ago. *We inquired about the parents recently, and he has not remade this cross (red peristome x striped peristome) since then. *It shows what can be done breeding superior forms of species. *
We like hybrids. *Here are some cool looking N. ventricosa hybrids. *
This is N. ventricosa x sibuyanensis. *For us, it looks like a warm tolerant sibuyanensis. *Made through the summer heat with constant new growth and pitchers. *Notice we are growing this plant is a clay pot. *No question that clay pots keep the roots cooler. Can’t wait until this baby grows up. * * *
This is N. ventricosa x maxima (same cross – but different plant – as N. ‘Red Leopard’). *Again a hybrid with two highland species. *Our summer heat doesn’t phase it. *
One of our favorites, here’s the N. ventricosa x ampullaria doing a “carpet” of pitchers. *
The first shot is a ground shoot trap on our N. truncata x ventricosa. *The six traps are coming off the main vine of the same plant. *This is one tough plant! *We’d like to cross this to a N. lowii one day. *
Here’s a nice seedling of N. rokko x ventricosa. *(rokko = thorelii x maxima). *As it ages, the red turns almost dark purple with ox blood. *Although it has N. maxima in its background, it’s quite different from ventricosa x maxima.
If you all are hungry for more, we’ll be putting more photos up here soon. *
Trent and Michelle
I agree those N. ventricosa x ampullaria are fabulous!
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You asked for more… you got it!
Amps, amps, amps. We love our N. ampullarias.
A classic Victorian hybrid N. mastersiana. *The first photo is the ground shoot. *The second pic is of the old vine, which has since been made into cuttings.
North wall of the greenhouse. *All the little babies and a few cuttings. *Michelle has them all in neat little rows (with all of the labels facing the same direction) – heaven forbid I should move one the wrong way!
Trent and Michelle
What can i say another amazing collection of photos.I do like the Mastersiana what a plant ,have you ever grown Dyeriana?
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Thanks for the compliments. No, we don't have a N. Dyeriana. It would grow like a weed in our greenhouse and hope to obtain it sometime soon.
T & M
Great pics Guys! Whats your secret with merrilliana?!?
The N. merrilliana like it hot and muggy. They don't like being disturbed, and can take a year to get established from repotting (even in ideal conditions). The mix should not be soggy (biggest mistake is too much water), they would rather be humid and dryer at the roots. For pitcher production, humidity is the secret. The tendril will just turn black and dry up without constant high humidity. Once established, they enjoy fertilizer and bright light. When you do water at the roots, flush copious amounts of pure water through the pot to wash the mix. It's a lowland, picky, delicate species. It's worth all the effort because the traps are so attractive. Good luck, hope this helps. Easier said than done.
T & M
wow trent you're planst are stunningOriginally Posted by [b
I love that merriliana! its probly one of my favorite nepenthes.
I have a fiarly large one (not for the species but compared to my other planst) and you're right I've had it a few months and its now just starting to pitcher. Are there different color forms of merril? mine is pink with a bright green peristome, yours is amazingly colored. Not saying I don't like my pink one though [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smilie4.gif[/img]
so when are these going to be on the website? wink wink?
https://www.instagram.com/hull.jess/ (I post pics of my plants there)