Chimaera

Second batch of pitchers in N. ?ventricosa

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At risk of Nepenthes specialists rolling their eyes with this old question...

I have been given a "supermarket" Nepenthes, presumably ventricosa or a similar hybrid, that has already had the 'first batch' of pitchers removed before I got it, and is now growing fast (grown from 20 to nearly 50 cm in 4 months) but not forming pitchers. There are tendrils with a terminal 'club' on the leaves but these eventually shrivel rather than form pitchers. It appears to be 2 plants within a small l' hanging pot' and is in a west facing bathroom (alongside various orchids). Can I encourage pitcher growth or does it happen when the plant wants to? Should  I repot and divide it and move it to another room, or maybe move it to an unheated greenhouse for the summer once the weather gets warmer? Can I encourage each plant to branch rather than grow as a single stem?

Charlie

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I've got one of these, I've had it for nearly 2 years, It keeps growing but has only produced 2 pitchers, and they didn't last long. After a year it started to branch from the base by itself. I've got a couple of other hybrids which are much more generous with pitcher production, I'm just keeping this one watered, no feesding, on the understanding it will produce pitchers out of a need to be fed.

It's known as Ventrata, supposedly one of the easiest to grow. Yes it is, but it doesn't produce any *^&$%> pitchers!

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2 hours ago, Chimaera said:

Thanks a lot, it is a waiting game then...

Some people say they get loads of pitchers. I don't know why mine doesn't. You might just be lucky and get them soon!

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