Michael Hunt

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  1. Michael Hunt

    Bad bicalcarata

    Glad to see the vast improvement. I agree with manders, who has brought up the topic of light for bical on other threads. First those that disagree about this huge plant being a shade dweller need to look at some habitat photos, and there are many. It is not a shade growing plant and will quickly send its single stem to the top of the canopy. It will take shade as a youngster but heads for the sun. Everyone 's full sun is not equal based on location. Here in gulf coastal Florida they handle full AM to early afternoon sun in late June with no problem once acclimated. These are large plants and this amount of light seems to foster upper pitchers. I've never had a problem keeping them heavy in pure peat with some quartz soggy wet and sitting in water. When daytime temps are 30 -38 C, nights 25 - 28 C. I don't use relative humidity I use the dewpoint as its actually a much true form to measure how much water is in the air. Bicals thrive with dewpoints in the 23 - 27 C range. Remember I'm using dewpoint because the plants are outside in the open. You can have the relative humidity drop to 50 or 60% at the hottest part of the afternoon but thats not a factual what it feels like reading. I've mainly grown clone 5 from borneo exotics. A very vigorous clone and some seed varieties from malesiana tropicals were not near as vigorous or light tolerant. Still all respond well to strong light. In fact most lowlanders need and respond to better light than is often reported. This includes many amps, rafflesiana, and you want to see some killer black gracilis, give them a suntan and you will also get basal rosette pitchers just like ampullaria.