Phil Faulisi is a very successful grower of Nepenthes. When I first mentioned that I was getting a N. villosa, these were his suggestions:
"Nepenthes villosa is thus far the highest elevation species being found somewhere in the vicinity of 8,500-10,000 feet. A true montane plant. In its early stages it is quite toleraable of temperature fluctuations but as it matures it is very intolerable of warm days. It is best grown with day time temps in the 60 to 70 degree F range with very high light levels and humidity of 70 to 80%. Nightime temps should hover around 50-55 degrees F with humidity at 90 to 100%. The soil mix should allow for high levels of oxgen exchange. Adding pumice, ground granite and charcoal to the mix should produce great results. Try to stay away from growing in pure sphagnum due to its high water retention and need for frequent repotting. A top dressing of live sphagnum works well. A good mix is small grade fir bark, chopped NZ sphagnum, pumice, granite chips (optional), and charcoal in equal ratios. Use only the purest water."
Thank you Phil!!
chemically granite is pretty stable, it wouldnt do much of anything to change soil chemestry
Originally Posted by [b
I'm from Europe, and I'd never heard of Phil Faulisi.
So I Googled his name alongside Nepenthes villosa and discovered at http://www.omnisterra.com/botany/cp/...all.d/3142.htm
That's a bit worrying if you're relying in his advice as to how to grow it. Admittedly, the quote's a few years old, but do you know if he's had any better luck lately?
Originally Posted by [b
That information I posted was from 2003. My villosa is doing well and it even has a basal shoot!
You could aways PM Phil directly if you had questions, his terraforums name is "philcula". I just did a very nice trade with him - the plants I received (including D. multifida extrema, N. Briggsiana, and N. rajah) were beautiful. He has a few items listed on the NASC Auction thread right now.
Apologies if I sounded out-of-order. My villosa is doing well too, but I treat it differently to his recommendations, ie it grows in pure sphag with cooler overnight temperatures.
Hi Mr. Aga I would concur with the post from wildbill. 60-70 during the day, and around 50 at night. over 70% humidity at all times. Personally I use coconut chips, charcoal, perlite, and a little chopped shpagnum moss as the mix, and I top it with live spagnum. I would also suggest not using pure sphagnum moss, for reasons I posted here
This is just what works for me. Hope that helps,
As they say, the success of a villosa grower is measured by the size of the bin their plant ends up in.......