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Nepenthes "Black Knight"

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Does anyone have any idea if this gets to actually be back or dark purple. I'm not sure if I should get this or Nepenthes ramispina.
 
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more of a reddish color..

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With a flash..

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Yeah that is a nice plant but Im trying to get black so maybe the Nepenthes ramispina would be better. What are your lighting conditions? I'm growing under 4 40 watt cool daylight bulbs.
 
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Back when those pics were taken.. they were under the same thing.
 

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I actually traded him for it recently, and just got it on Saturday. It currently does not have any pitchers, and the leaves are a darker green. I will be growing it outdoors, however, and exposing it to about 2 hours of full sun in the morning, and 3-4 hours in the evening. It'll really be a few weeks before it gets to the point that I can tell what the pitchers are going to look like in these conditions.
 
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Since then I changed the conditions all together. Over the winter it got light from an 8 bulb T5HO unit and GH conditions of 78* days and 60* nights with 85%+ constant humidity. A bit cooler than in the summer of last year when the pics were took. It stopped pitchering over the winter, but grew like a CHAMP!! What would you say soopa, almost 14" tall with 4 or 5 basals?
This is at the end of the summer when I got it. It wasn't even a full year of growth..

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Soopaman

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Mass, it's currently ~18" with 3 basals right now. So yeah, pretty big plant.
 
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I have Nepenthes ramispina and mine is more of a reddish brown. I haven't had it very long though so can't comment on how dark the pitchers actually get.

If you are looking for black pitchers, you might try looking at Nepenthes izumiae x ramispina or Nepenthes izumiae. From the pics I have seen and various posts I have read over the years, it appears that they produce the blackest pitchers that I am aware of. I think there are a few different forms of izumeae out there with varying degrees of darkness though. The Nepenthes izumiae x ramispina clone from EP appears to be rather dark.

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Nepenthes izumiae x ramispina (EP Photo)
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Nepenthes izumiae (dark clone)
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When I had nepenthes ramipsina, my particulars plant's pitchers were more of dark charcoal grey. There is apparently some variation in how dark they get. I would second Nepenthes izumiae if you want truly black pitchers.
 
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N. Black Knight is a nice plant / At least I like mine
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I can say they don't have as much color {at least in my experience} when grown indoors compared to outdoors in sun light
Mine lost a lot of its color when I brought it indoors over the winter
Mainly on the leaves / They turned more of a green color than their usual maroon color
But I agree that N. Black Knight doesn't make true black pitchers

"I" would have to say that N. Ramispina is the only Nep "I've" seen pics of with what I would call Black pitchers

Now I'm going to have to check out / look for a N. Izumiae (dark clone)
Thanx to dashman / LOL
 
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Sorry. The quality of that pic isn't very good but it was the best I could find. I recall a better pic on another forum somewhere of an N. izumiae in situ with literally black peristome and outer pitcher walls.
 
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