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  1. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    Well I said that just in case, since they will take their time to grow
  2. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    I bought them from another user, but if you are still looking for it when I can make my own I'll let you know if you're still around here :)
  3. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    If I'm not mistaken when BE releases a seed grown cross they keep some to clone them in vitro, so technically our plants should be brothers with the previous release. I tried several times to grab a Robmata but I'm always late. and the price skyrocketed. I still like more the pure Hamata, though. BTW I just found that one of my two N. Ventricosa (porcelain) cuttings that looked like they weren't doing anything was inflating a hidden pitcher. It was in the back so I didn't notice it until I grabbed the pot to check the growing point. So far it seems to like the same temps than my red form.
  4. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    Wow that one really inherited the N. Hamata coloration! The previous pic BE used for its catalogue was really red too, but it seems that our green ones with red speckles are more common.
  5. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    It is extremely rare to see snow here since I live close to the coast, perhaps once or twice in the entire winter we wake up with a bit of snow after a cold wave, but by midday it is all already gone. It is not easy to find Neps that can endure both highland and lowland temps. That peristome looks promising Your summer hot nights are the temps we have in the winter during the day lol. Where did you see the clones with the dark peristomes? I've seen pics of Ventricosax Hamata with reddish pitchers, but not with dark peristomes. Both clones I have look very similar.
  6. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    They really look like that pic from Borneo Exotics with the frog inside, right? According to my experiments from last year, N. Hamata can take up to 28~29c but above that they will start to lower their lids. The problem for me is that were I live night temps can be up to 26c in the worst weeks... even after lowering their night temps with ice packs they ended up being stressed. When the tank is close to the AC it can keep the temps inside around 19c, hope that is enough, at least they grow with those temps in spring and autumn. The things we do for these plants. I tried a few times to grow N. Burkei without any luck, but I really like it. And attempting N. Burkei x Hamata was a disaster for me I wanted them because of their darker coloration, but the Ventricosa cross had been way easier in the end.
  7. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    Hamatas are easier than most people think, but they still require some experience dealing with the highland species. N. Ventricosa x Hamata is waay more tolerant to lower humidity and higher temps. I have two, one as a windowsill plant and this one under a growing LED lamp: As for the pure species, I have two Wistuba clones, #1 and #3. Clone #1 is a bit more tolerant to warmer temps (my summers are a nightmare for any true highland)... This is #1: And this one clone #3: I had them for more than a year and half and they had been steady growers (except for the summer months). For this year I already bought a portable AC, we will see if it helps. The pitchers aren't as big as the pics I can see online but still I'm quite happy of the result: And this is the other parent of the hybrid, N. Ventricosa. I have two cuttings acclimatizing, and the only one growing pitchers right now is my tiny N. Ventricosa red: I have it next to the N. Ventricosa x Hamata under the LED lamp.
  8. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    It is seed grown from Borneo Exotics (BE-3560 N. Spectabilis Giant x N.Ventricosa Madja-as). It has the weird habit of changing the body color depending of the season, when cold pitchers are more garnet, but when the summer temps arrive it turns more green and the inner wall can color up completely hiding its Spectabilis speckles. I don't have a pic of my own of it right now but there is a pic in hampshire carnivores (first pic was my plant): https://www.hantsflytrap.com/nmc3560-n-spectabalis-x-n-ventricosa-679-p.asp
  9. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    Thank you. It is just growing outside, next to a N. x Rebecca Soper and a N. x Ventrata. My temperature is equivalent to the hardiness zone 10a. Humidity 40~70%.
  10. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    Nice ribbed peristome, I like it! Might consider adding one of these to my collection. I want to show one of my easiest Ventricosa hybrids too, Spectabilis x Ventricosa ;) This one popped this week. These are from a basal shoot. It lost the pitchers from the main vine this winter, but it is growing new ones.
  11. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    I do it, not sure if it really helps (those pitchers it came with will die prematurely anyways). At least it doesn't hurt them, so why not. Which plant did you buy in the end?
  12. Whitefox

    My poor nepenthes collection :(

    The one in the 2 pic is x Rebecca Soper and the last one is the x Lady Luck/Bloody Mary for sure.
  13. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    I have two Spectabilis x Ventricosa, they grow slower than the pure Ventricosa but similar to x Rebecca Soper. Nice dark speckles, a yellow peristome with red stripes and the pitchers that face to the Sun get a red flush on the edges.
  14. Whitefox

    Which Nepenthes to Buy?

    N. Hamata is not that hard, it is just a highland that requires good humidity. But for a beginner I wouldn't recommend it or any of its hybrids, as Zerbirus said Hamata hybrids are more expensive and it adds extra difficulty to the Ventricosa parentage. I managed to make a Ventricosa x Hamata grow as a house plant under LEDs, but it needed almost 3 months to acclimate to the lower humidity and grow new pitchers. In contrast, my Ventricosa Red produced pitchers starting from its second leaf under my care.
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    Nepenthes x Bloody Mary - red leaves?

    Some Nepenthes can turn reddish under a strong light. If the leaves don't turn brown or dry and the plant keeps growing its traps I wouldn't worry about it.