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Thread: Secrets to growing n. madagascariensis

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    I am planning on getting a N.madagascariensis. I've heard that it is difficult ot grow. Why is it difficult, and what can I do to get it to grow well? Does anyone here grow it? What are it's requirements? I can give standard lowland temps. and humidity.

    Just to clear up confusion, N. madagascariensis is a LOWLANDER, growing near sea level in swamps. The nicest specimens of the species I've seen were grown in a stovehouse in Florida along with N. bicalcarata plants the size of volkswagens.

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    I grow it (or actually jsut got it 2 or 3 weeks ago). Really easy outside in Florida so far.

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    Yep.
    A friend of ours grew a beautiful specimen in standard Florida lowland conditions. She even bloomed regularly.

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    I grow mine as you woudl a bical. Its in muggy hot and humid conditions. It is starting to grow really fast now that its putting on some size.


    The grow parameters its currantly in are as follows

    80-85% RD
    Day temps : 88-92

    Night temps : 70-75

    Thats what all my lowlanders are growingf in and they grow like whoa for me.
    https://www.instagram.com/hull.jess/ (I post pics of my plants there)

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    Can it grow in typical nepenthes mix?
    I have heard it grows in ultramafic soil.
    What do you grow yours in?

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    The wild soil is mainly quartz sand and a peat moss, not Ultramafic. I've got mine in a similar mix, only with some perlite and sphagnum moss added. Really keep it HOT HOT HOT. It does NOT like cold temperatures.

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    It might work just for me, but my best growing plant is in full unobstructed sunlight. when it was first placed where it is now, it really got burned, then the newest leaf emerged very leathery and firm. Not the soft easy to tear type it came with. The leaves became much shorter and vary rigid. The plant is now a vine with upper pitchers of pure green. I would like to see if it is a male or female before making cuttings of it.

    Its grown in a coral chip/cinder/ fir bark and LFS mix. It gets good watering and the leaves are wet whenever I get a chance. The plant is about a year from a 2 inch pot plant (I believe its a tc starter) and is growing in a 2 gallon pot.

    I am not sur eif I have a green colored form, but when it arrived and grew for me, it had slightly pink-red pitchers like a ventricosa, but has uppers that is pure green. Anyone else experience this color?

    I would like to eventually get another clone or seedlings would be ideal.

    But this plant is really tough to grow, be sure to get a vigorous clone. The clones from MT all died upon arrival. If your clone was from MT, please tell us more about it.

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    We don't really have personal experience, but our good friend grows his large female in a greenhouse. Conditions are like what Jess outlined. Night temps would be a bit higher during the summer. Light is bright but not direct sun. Color of the pitchers are exactly like Michael described: pure green uppers, a pinkish red cast in the upper portion of the lower traps. The vines get long and weedy.

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