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    I do think it's the logical way to go about it. I wonder why they haven't done something like this yet.

    And it is very sad to see them kill the frogs. I wish they wouldn't, but they have no where to put them at the moment. No excuse, of course.

    Why exactly are they going extinct over there?
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    Hello Michelle! It is sad, indeed, but as yo usay, it sem like there is no other solution, or else they would be doing something else than killing them.

    I cannot imagine a night witout their songs... it would be very very sad to have night without them singing ko-ki, ko-ki (Coqui)...

    Anyways... To answer your question they are almost exteinct here becuase of lost of their ecosystem. Most of the forests and wetlands have been desappeared here in order to build new cities, hotels, golf fields, and you know , things like that... So poor little frogs are paying the price. They and the rest of our native plants and animals, most of them have desappeared already. Sad, too sad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Lam_wn @ June 21 2005,4:05)]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!
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    Hi Lam_wn

    I got maybe 4 pitchers at once during rainy season when the sky is cloudy in the afternoon. Note: these plants are still quite young. I had to guess about the average pitcher life span, but the plants are growing fast.
    The shade cloth might be a very mild one. It was not rated, but we have another nursery downtown that appears to be very shady with 3 layers.
    I don't know where you are located, but it is quite common in our area to have the whole day bright sunshine with scorching heat. Even tomatoes seem to appreciate shade cloth!
    More light was probably ok, if the humidity is higher.
    Leaf pitcher ratio is very good, the leafs are small and narrow.
    Basically I am happy, I just try to optimize things for the dry season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (emilias_garden @ June 21 2005,12:31)]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]
    Hi,
    ok, I'm in Singapore, tropical also, its been reaching 3 months now, I bought my raff gigantea from Malesiana and it has produced 3 healthy new leaves, but no pitchers! all other plants I bought at the same time have been pitchering quite a bit... a little disappointed...
    leucophylla,
    wow, sounds like harsh conditions... I use 1 layer 70% but I dont have sprinklers or anything so yes, in dryer seasons, the humidity does get low during afternoons. I get quite scared because it can get to as low as 60%... Lately some plants developing burnt spots, I try to mist whenever I can, I guess they should get acclimitized right?
    I would like to try the shadier approach but I only have 50% and 70% shade cloth...cant play around much, would 2 layers of 50% be too much?
    Thanks

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    Hello Lam_wn! That is exactly my problem, that all the other plants i recieved the same day i recieved my 'Gigantea' are producing new leaves and new pitchers, but the "Gigantea'. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif[/img]

    But since i have read here that it seem like this plant may take more time to get used to its new conditions, well i guess i will give it a little more time. We will see. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    By the way, do you have pics of your plant that you can post here?

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