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Thread: Secrets to growing n. madagascariensis

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    Believe it or not, I've been growing my biggest madagascariensis for about 2 or more years outdoors as a highlander yearround. I did this only by mistake. I bought the plant from the CP Jungle and put it outdoors with my other guys not really knowing what conditions it preferred. I've had no problems with it at all. It's in the vining stage with some basals as well. It hasn't flowered yet but appears big enough. It is under some shade cloth but gets direct sun as well. It's an easy grower for me as a highlander.

    Here's the other kicker. I got a clone from the Nepenthes Nursery as a backup plant and put it directly outdoors with my other highlanders. The plant was a small size 3. Not a rooted cutting like my big guy. I figured, Hey, what's good for the other, is good for the newbie. It stressed a little (like most of the Nep Nursery plants when they first arrive) but is doing fine.

    I've never grown this species as a lowlander, but mine seem to tolerate the summer temps no problem and hang in there in winter when the temps easily hit the 40's. They do slow down in winter. Surprise, Surprise! So maybe this species is hardier than we think.

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    That's a really nice nepenthes that i would like to find !

    About his culture, how long does it take to see those typicals uppers pitchers from a young plant of 5 inch in good lowland conditions ?

    Thanks !

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    i grew one in intermediate conditions and it went from lower to upper pitchers when it was about 12" high. here is a bad pic right before it started growing uppers.


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    Hey Ice,
    That is an awesome pic of N. madagascariensis! I got mine as a seedling/tc start and it had a couple of red lower pitchers, then started to vine up and the next pitcher after that was an upper pitcher. So I had two red pitchers and the rest has been green.
    I really like yours Iceman, its very nice. My plant is rather boring with just curly Q tendrils and nondescript green pitchers.

    I even have a N. madagascariensis x ventricosa from EP and again its a long vine with plain green pitchers. Perhaps if they used the red or dark red ventricosa, perhaps it might be red on the uppers as well!

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    Hello Iceman,

    Nice plant ! Which soil do you use for your Madagascariensis ?

    you said " before it started growing uppers "

    Have you got pictures of the uppers ?

    Regards,
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    Interesting Joel! I was told it was a highlander performer as well, but all my chances with it in highland conditions have failed.

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    Gracilis,

    Sorry, forgot your first name! Oops! Like I said, I only grew it as a highlander because Catalani at the CP Jungle told me his plants did alright in the greenhouse when winter temps got somewhat low. Plus it was like 10.00 back then. I've found that the leaves are pretty thick and tough, not like bical or worse, mirabilis. It will be interesting to see if my little guy will make it through winter, but it should. Considering it came from the Nep Nursery in Germany, went straight outdoors in spring, and appears to be doing well, this species must be pretty hardy.

    Oh, I believe I also had difficulty finding species information on this guy as well. None of Clarke's books have profiles, and the internet is somewhat lacking.

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    i don't have the plant anymore, but i was growing it in pure LFS.

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