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    Hi - I also posted on the Drosera board. I am brand new, and am very interested in the carniverous plants. Before I get my first one, can anyone tell me what Nepenthes are best for a rank beginner? I grow orchids and other tropicals, but have never ventured into these guys. I need something that will be small, due to space issues. Also, something that can be grown indoors. I'm in S. California, so I get quite a bit of sunlight thru my west window. Its very dry here, but I do mist regularly and use pebble trays. Also, do all of these plants require distilled water, or can any of them tolerate tap water? Thanks so much!

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    Ah, nepenthes, my specialty.
    First: "The Savage Garden" still mandatory reading.

    Second: There are many plants that will thrive on your windowsill, and are relatively cheap.

    Third: I recommend N. alata, N. ventricosa, N. khasiana, N. sanguinea, N. x Ventrata (hybrid, alata, and ventricosa), and N. emmarene (N. khasana x N. ventricosa) as small windowsill beginners plants.

    Places to buy: California Carnivores, pricy, but great service.

    Par O' Bek Orchids. This place specializes in Nepenthes. The service is great, amazing selection, resonable prices, you won't go wrong here.

    Cook's Carnivorous Plants. Good prices, good service.
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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    Don't forget Exotic Gardens which hosts the forum. They have N. ventricosa and N. ventrata which are mentioned above as well as several others. I have one of their ventricosa and I can vouch for it being pretty bullet proof. It has refused to die even after I have forgotten to water it. Which has happened several times [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img]
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    Attempted murder! OMG!

    It is true that exotic gardens has some plants for sale that i mentioned above, but i haven't ordered from them, so i can's really say how good they are.
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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    Welcome to the forum. To answer some of the other questions. Purer water is generally better. Nepenthes can tolerate some minerals but if you stick with distilled, deionized, reverse osmosis, rainwater you will be better off in the long run. Humidity and bright light are deffinately key for pitcher production. The plants mentioned are all good choices for less than ideal conditions.

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    Khansiana is still the beginner favorite

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    Since Randi has space limitations and needs a Nep that will stay small (most of them get quite large in time), a N. ventricosa is a good choice. N. khasiana is very easy too, but they do get big!

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    Miranda should get added to the suggestion list too (a plant **********.com has). I don't know how tall they get since mine are still cuttings... but from the pictures I've seen they seem rather compact, taking up space mostly with the long tendrils hanging down.

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