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    Do you all think terra cotta clay pots would be suitable for Nepenthes culture? Peter D'Amato lists them as being suitable in The Savage Garden but it seems to me that all of you grow in plastic. Is there any special reason for this? Would Neps grown in clay require a modified growing medium? Also, wouldn't a porous clay pot help maintain a cooler root zone for highland species in hot summer conditions?

    Please advise. I would like to do right by my baby N. ventricosa. It may be common, but I love it! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Big clay pats are okay (I have a 10 onch one). But I put a clay saucer inside to cut the amount of pot in half. You have to water every day. No modified mix is nessicary.

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    plastic is cheaper when you have alot of plants [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    You could grow in clay, I personally wouldn't, clay can dry out awful fast and plus, if you drop that heavy pot, damage is likely to occur, a plastic pot will retain its shape ALOT better and break the plants' fall.

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    Clay is okay, but i like plastic for many reasons:
    Cheaper
    Doesn't shatter
    doesn't dry out as fast
    lighter
    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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    Thanks for your advice, everyone! I may try out my N. ventricosa in clay because I just so happen to have a lot of extra clay pots laying around and don't want to spend more money on yet another new pot... I will be diligent about keeping up with watering.

    Do any of you know if N. ventricosa has an extensive root system? Does it generally do better in larger or smaller pots?

    Thanks again,
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    I found if you put Neps in a clay pot it can help to put a drainage layer about 1" in the bottom of gravel and sit the pot in water. This way roots are away from standing water but the clay will wick and help keep substrate nicely damp but not wet. They are a pain in hot weather though cause they dry so fast and your water will evap quickly. Best suited to cactus and such that prefere intermitent drying.

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    I kept an 8" plant in a 4" pot for a loooooong time without trouble. It loooked like there was a bush growing out of nowhere because the pitchers and stuff hung down and totally blocked out the tiny pot.
    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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