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    but they are just too cute. i have to look at them often to see if they are growing. at night they go in the cooler when I go to bed that way they get a few hours of dormacy and quite. I just finished installing a muffin fan in thier daytime grow room. It is a little breezier than I expected but the humidity is pretty high so it shouldn't bother them. I think. I removed the bottoms off thier pots to prevent the peat from remaining saturated too long and I mist them a little more often. all of this attention will either make them happy or kill them. but like you said I try to disturb them as little as possible for hours at a time unless I need to do maintenance like installing the fan.

    How long will it take for these things to make it to a few inches in diameter

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    joe, it is like a pot of water that you are boiling if you look at it the longer it takes to boil. lol so the more you look at them the longer it takes to grow. just like Rob said, in a diff. posting forget abou them and check up on them once a month but, in your case until it is time to got to bed. it will take a couple of months for them to gain size longer for the slow growing ones. the smaller the plant the slower they grow.
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    Joseph,

    They look healthy enough at the moment, but boy are they right out of the flask! They have multiple shoots so are probably taken out of a media containing a chemical that promotes shoot multiplication, (probably BAP or Kinetin). If it's BAP, there may be a memory effect that will make them continue to multiply for some time even when out of the flask. They should really have been grown on for a while in sterile culture using some plain media without BAP and then hardened off in a greenhouse before shipping. I've never heard of anyone actually selling Nepenthes out of the flask without roots in that condition before.

    Keeping them going will be a challenge and an achievement in itself. I think your biggest enemy will be rot of one sort or another. When tender plantlets are that clumped together so tightly, there is a higher likleyhood of that sort of problem.

    Anyway, looks good so far!
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    Oh yes! Nearly forgot, I suggest you don't fertilize them for several months. If recently out of sterile culture (which they are) they should be pumped full of nutrients already and the presence of any sort of fertilizer dramitically increases the chances of bacterial or fungal attack.
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    Thanks Borneo, I did add a small amount of weak fertalizer, but I will wash it out at the next watering. I haven't been watering too often, I'm trying to keep the humidity extremely high and misting from time to time. I haven't seen any signs of rot yet but they still have a long way to go. Growth has been very slow, but I assume that will continue untill roots are established.

    For anyone that is reading this, I don't reccommend Nep tissue cultures as a first cuttling attempt.

    Thanks for the reassurance Borneo, I will post more pics as soon as I can see a difference.

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    So sorry...

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    This is what I wanted you to see, Joseph...
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