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N. Lowii Murud Seedlings 10 month progress

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About a year or more ago I found the opportunity to finally acquire the Nepenthe species I've wanted since I was younger, N. Lowii. I've always heard about how slow growing Lowii can be but two of them have really been pumping out bigger and bigger leaves! I found that they loooove fluorescent lights, (and some kelp meal in their pitchers).
Below are some pics of their progress from Jan. 2016 to Oct. 2016. I believe I received them around Sept. or Oct. 2015 and they still had their cotyledon leaves. I think I'm going to keep them potted together in hopes that by some luck I'll get a male and a female together. Can't wait to start seeing some spines under those lids!

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Kelp meal came from eurekaspringsorganics.com, not sure if they're even still in business. It NPK levels on the bag say 0.6 - 0.1 - 1.5. It's mild when it comes to those 3 chemicals but contains a lot of micro-nutrients that are normally overlooked but plants love (I give it to my vegetable plants and house plants too). Lights are nothing fancy, just 4 23watt compact fluorescent bulbs, half cool white and half daylight to hit a wider spectrum of light.
 
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I believe the reputation for N. lowii being an unusually slow grower stems from some common weak tissue culture clones, not a problem with the species itself. Yours are looking great though!
 
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That is a lot of progress. Hopefully they'll pick up in speed even more as they get larger.
 
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15 months later... They survived some extreme heat over the summer that scorched a majority of the leaves. Bounced back and time to repot! I'm thinking I want to separate them now. Thinking they'll do better in their own spaces.
 
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Very nice. They look like they've made a good amount of progress in the past year. Good luck going foreward.
 
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