I was looking at one of my Nepenthes ventricosa today and I was amazed on how fast these guys grow. *I know that most of people think ventricosa are too common, but for me they are a real beauty. I really love them.
I am posting picture so you all can see the development of pitchering in one of my plants.
I received this plant in late December 2004, and it has changed a lot in 6 month (From last December to June).
Here is a pic of a pitcher 1 month after the arrival (January) It was light green and had some king of wings:
Then you can see a new pitcher in March after repotting. Now the new pitcher still have a reminisces of wings but only in the upper part of the pitcher. Also, see how there are some pinkish marks and the green is deeper:
And now see the whole plant with big and beautiful red pitchers today (June 21st). No wings and reddish coloration in most of the pitchers. You can see only a light green blend with pink in the lower part of the pitchers. The pot is a 8 inches of diameter pot:
And last, this is how I expect that the new pitchers will be in 2 more months: with narrower waist, measuring more than 6 inches long and with fully developed and elegant peristomes. This plant is older, and took more time to reach this pitchers size. But since the above plant has grown so fast I expect it to be bigger than this older one real soon:
I would like to know the experiences that you guys have had with your ventricosa plants. Are they that fast growers always, or this is related with environment, weather, season?