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Bitten by the CP bug & purchased a small N sanguinea locally here in Honolulu. I repotted the plant into a net basket w/ sphagnum moss & orchid bark.
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The pitchers all withered away from the environmental changes of the repotting. Current pitcher growth is promising.
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The net basket is hanging under 60% shade cloth & only gets filtered bright sun light 9:30am-12:30pm daily. I water 1-2X daily w/ tap water & have yet to fertilize.
Because I didn't kill it off, I'm plunging in and have picked up more species online to try (burkei, glabrata, diatas, distillatoria & vieillardii). I'll post my additional attempts when they arrive. So excited!



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Impressive. Looks like the plant grew pretty quickly since you got it then.

The plant was repotted in Nov of last year. All the initial pitchers that withered away were half the size of the current largest pitcher. These 3 developing pitchers are the result of my 6 months of abuse.


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I would have really suggested holding off trying to grow such species as glabrata, diatas, and vieillardii until you had experience with other somewhat more forgiving highland and lowland species; while glabrata may not be particularly hard per se, it is a plant that hates temperatures above 85 F and always needs pretty high humidity to do well, and the other two are far more unforgiving plants.
 
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Make sure you research the cultivation requirements of Nepenthes vieillardii before you receive the plant, as it is quite different from typical Nepenthes. Most importantly it needs very well-drained and fairly dry soil.
 
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Want to provide some background into the growing area for my nepenthes. I hung frames w/ 60% shade cloth over a section of the west facing wall of my lanai. My 3 story apartment building faces the lanai wall so, any plantings under the shade panels may get less than hour of direct sunlight.
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Directly under the panels are some of my outdoor aquariums & a pond tub. These water vessels should influence & increase my microclimate humidity. Here in Honolulu, humidity levels remain fairly constant between 60-70%. Average temperatures range from 66-80F during Jan-Feb & 74-88F during Aug-Sep.
Tap water in Honolulu is considered somewhat soft w/ mineral content around 60ppm. With that said, the conditions for nepenthes culture should be pretty good.



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New additions! Received my burkei & glabrata yesterday. Immediately I unpacked them & planted in 6" net baskets hung under the shade panels. Potted plants in hydrated sphagnum w/ layer of orchid bark on the bottom. Just to play it safe, got some distilled water to mist the baskets 2X daily & placed clear plastic cups (fruit fly culture cups) over the top of each plant to maintain even higher humidity levels.
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N burkei
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N glabrata
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Nepenthes baskets w/ Neoregelia bromeliads in the vertical planters

Plan on keeping the "humidity dome" cups in the baskets for a week to help the plants adjust to new environment then remove.


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Looking good! I wish I could grow plants outside. Tried that once but it didn't work out so well. Are you growing any Utricularia in those tanks?

Thanks & no, the only CPs are my 3 Nepenthes so far.


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More new additions & initial pics:
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N burkei
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N glabrata
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N fusca
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N diatas
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N distillatoria



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