Michelle and I took a walk through the greenhouse on Christmas Eve. Thought we’d share some photos. Most of our plants are lowland growing and it’s so wonderful during the coldest part of the year to be able to cultivate these fantastic plants. Enjoy!
This is a partial view of our N. bicalcarata section. Our bical #38 (nicknamed ‘Big Mama’ – it’s a female) is vining up the western wall in the back left corner of the photo. She is too big to fit in the frame! We find that our bicals do best in pure sphagnum, in enormously oversized pots.
Here’s a pic of our small green and speckled ampullarias. Note the temp and humidity on the thermometer in the background (85 degrees F, 90 percent humidity – not bad for Christmas Eve). The new leaves are significantly larger since repotting into oversized pots. These baby amps are growing side by side with Paphiopedilum orchids (P. phillipinensis var. roebbelenii and others).
This is a partial view of the N. veitchii world and relatives. From left to right: The red pitcher is N. truncata x alata, N. truncata x veitchii, the pitcher still forming is a N. truncata, the small green one next to it is another N. trnucata x alata, and our lowland N. veitchii is sitting on both sides of another N. truncata, and the pitcher on the lower right is a seedling of N. veitchii.
Here’s a pic of a N. rafflesiana elongata from Brunei. We’ll have more raff photos to post later.
This is a view of the right side of the southern aisle. There are a lot of selected cultivars here, too many to name them all in this post.
Here are our cuttings of N. Viking, fresh from Thailand and getting established. There are eleven different plants. So far, the leaves look very much like N. mirabilis. They have a large rhizome, and are fast and easy growing in our sunny lowland conditions. The orange pitcher on the right is a natural hybrid from Mindanao (truncata x alata?), on the big vine these traps reach over a foot long.
This photo is a continuation of the N. veitchii world. The large pitcher in the center is our N. rafflesiana x veitchii dark seedling. The purple/red traps all around it are N. eustachya (red x purple) babies. Not really in focus, in the background in the upper right corner with the gold peristome with red stripes is a N. truncata x veitchii.
More pics available if you all are interested.
Seasons Greetings from Michelle and Trent