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    Hello Volker! Do yo uhave pict that can share with us here of your red rafflessiana. I know it exist, but i have not seen pics and i would love to see those red rafflesiana pitchers, they must be amazing.

    So, your plants were happier once you gave them more shade.. hmmm... may be i should try this.

    I have another question. During your dry season, do you take more cares of your Nepenthes? When we have here in PR our dry season (from February to April) i become a slave of my plants i give them water everyday, almost twice. What do you do?

    Thanks, Jorge Joel...

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    Hi Joel,

    Just click on the pitcher-plants button below my postings to have a look at my plants. I found some images, where you can see the foliage. Some of the older leafs are partially green on top, underneath always purplish. The plants are not adult yet, since I've moved to the Philippines in 2002 and had to start a new plant collection. And being a temperate, former terrarium / greenhouse hero [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] it is not as easy as it seems [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img]

    Yes, I experimented with one, two and three layers of shade cloth (grade/% sadly unknown) and three layers won. The old pitchers just last longer.

    To prevent becoming a slave (been there done that... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] ) - I am even leaving the country for a few weeks every dry season - I've put them in water filled 9 meter long aluminum trays. You can see them on my website under Nepenthes-About us. The trays are filled by a perforated hose, that is connected to a Gardena 1060 irrigation computer ($100). Trays seem to be fine in the tropical dry heat, since they also increase the humidity nicely, but sure they should be allowed to become empty regularly. But I am not recommending these yet since I just installed them end of March. Now I've removed them because of the frequent rain.
    Try also to protect them from that dry wind - if you have.

    Good luck, Volker


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    Hello Volker! Thanks for the pics and the link. I went to your site and your work is amazing. All your plants are breathtaking. Thank you for the advice with the watering. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    These red rafflesiana are just amazing! WOW, i am in love with a new plant;0)

    Thank you Volket!
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    Wow
    A red raff that is very nice [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    Bye for now Julian

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    Hi,
    ok the raff is nice...about the pitchers lasting longer in shade, what do you understand by this, as in on other neps and such. So what is the average lifespan of each pitcher and what is the most you ever sustained on the plant at one time? and does that mean you plant all your neps in three-layered shade cloth light levels? Because that's very low! And is leaf growth affected?

    And, just something extra, for rafflesiana, the smaller, common varieties grow better in strong sunlight whereas the giant forms grow in much shadier areas (squat red form i'm not too sure) inthe wild

    I just received raff gigantea in april and ...same here! Not yet pitchering. Its in 70% shade now, growing fine, larger leaves etc, just not pitchering...I guess its the same problem!
    Thanks

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    Hello Guys!!!!

    Julian, did you saw those red raff, aren't they beautiful? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]

    Lam_wn, so you are having the same situation with your gigantea. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

    As for what I have read and have been told I think that we will need to wait a little longer to see our plants producing pitchers. At least that is what I have been told.

    But maybe there is a surprise in sooner time. Since I live in a tropical region my plants react faster than most Nepenthes in cultivation in cooler regions. So I am expecting to have pitcher in my gingatea in less than 1 month. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Where are you growing yours? I mean, region, indoors, outdoors, humidity, etc.? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smilie4.gif[/img]

    Thanks guys!!!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]You may say that they are a nuissance there, but here, on their endemic land, they are in the borderline of extinction, there are even some species of Coqui that have deseappeared. So the efforts of the scientists and the goverment is to rescue them from extinction.
    Awww, thats sad. And to think they're just killing them here by the bucket loads. They should just send them back to you guys!

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    Quote[/b] ]I think that federal goverment should work in a project to take the most Coqui frogs they can in Hawaii and bring them back to PR. This way Coqui will not become extinct, but it will not be a pest.;0) What do you think?
    I think thats an excellent idea. But I'm sure there's some kind of law prohibiting it in some way.
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    Hey Michelle! But don't you think it would be better and more logical, you know take them from there and send them back here instead of killing them, after all they are native to here.

    And even if any species of animal or palnt, any living creature, is a problem, the solution it is not exterminating it from the face of Earth, but control them and preserve them in a save way. This extermination of living creature has not logic or reason.

    I think i am going to start a movement to bring back those little guys to were they belong;0)

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