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  1. Well I feel a bit like a proud mum!

    My ventricosa x talangensis (x maxima?) is growing its first flower and I'm excited and terrified at the same time!

    I've not been growing nepenthes all that long (about 18 months) and don't have many or anything rare but I love them all the same!

    No clue yet as to if its a boy or a girl!

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  2. 23 minutes ago, Greg Seed said:

    Depends on the weather. I keep all my neps in a south-facing conservatory which heats up a lot when it is sunny, but stays very cool when it is cloudy. On a hot, sunny day, both humidifiers can drain their 4 litre tanks in a day. With more typical Welsh weather, they can last a week.

    Incidentally, I've been using fairly hard tapwater in them for over two years with no problems. I just clean the plate with the little brush that came with them every now and then.

    I'm in Oxford and mine are in a south facing conservatory too. Fairly small though. 

    I keep my humidifier at 75% overnight and 60% during the day and it's never turned off.

    At the moment I go through 2-3 litres a day but I'm sure when the heating goes on it will be more. The tank on mine is a 6.5ltr tank...

    As far as hard water goes, because my conservatory is used as a living room, I made the decision to use RO water to stop the dried deposits from using my VERY hard tap water from damaging furniture and sofas etc. (Just based on reviews and recommendations really)

     

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  3. I got the lowii/ventricosa and the bloody mary from them... Great plants and very healthy!!

    The ventrata was from Amazon, and surprisingly healthy but the Gaya was a disaster.

    It also also from an Amazon seller (after the ventrata was so good) but it was meant to be a bloody mary!! It also took quite a bit of damage in transit. Finally bouncing back now though!

  4. This is the one I eventually bought and it's working really well so far!

    A bit pricey at just over £70 from Amazon but keeps the humidity at a steady level!

    Having the warm mist feature is also really handy as sometimes the cool mist can be a bit chilly.

    I've been using the cool mist at night and the lowest warm mist during the day.

    It gets through quite a bit of water though (maybe 2-3 litres a day) but I get RO water from Spotless Water at 3.5p a litre so it's not too expensive. 

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  5. I think its time to invest in a humidifier! 

    I have a ventrata, gaya, bloody mary and lowii x ventricosa, a few sarracenia and a vft.

    My humidity is around 30-40 daytime and 50-70 evening but I think it would be better a bit higher. They're in a smallish room that's south facing.

    My only issue is, they're in my living room so I would prefer something that isn't too big or noisy but I also want something that regulates itself (if that makes sense).

    I have no clue what to look for and would really welcome some advice :)

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  6. I potted them when I first got them 2 or 3 months ago now...

    I guess the question is whether it's better to put them through the stress of repotting or leave them as they are...

    The ventrata is producing a new leaf maybe every 7-10 days now and the pitchers are forming well... 

    Would it be better to wait until winter to pot them again? I really don't know what's best to do...

  7. Hi everyone,

    I've got a Ventrata and a Gaya and have had them for a couple of months now...

    They took a couple of weeks to settle but are now growing really well with lots of new pitchers. 

    Having been reading as much as I can about them, I'm now concerned I've potted them in the wrong mix, even though they're growing well.

    I used a lining of spagnum with the main mix being Carnivorous Plant Repotting Mix (see photo).

    Am I better to repot them in something else? I'm worried that repotting them again will put them back and they'll drop their pitchers...

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  8. Thanks for all the replies :)

    I'm going to hold off repotting until after dormancy (or at the end of it)...

    Question though... I would prefer not to split the plants up as I would rather have a larger display bowl of them... Would it be better to plant the plants further apart to allow for growth?

  9. Thanks guys for responding...

    I'm super happy with it and although a new pot would be nice, it seems so happy now that it would be a shame to upset it.

    Think it's probably best left until spring.

    I'm assuming the dormancy would be the same as it is for sarrs?

    I normally put my sarrs in a north facing porch and they over-winter great...

  10. Hi,

    I have just bought my very first vft!

    I have sarrs and neps but never had a vft!!

    As you can see from the pics, it's a fair size (12cm pot) with lovely looking traps but I'm worried about the sketchy looking substrate (and would love to put it in a nice fancy pot!)

    Is it a bad idea to pot it at this time of year and how do you repot without setting off/damaging the traps?

    Another quick question, I've read conflicting reports about feeding them. Some have said if you don't feed them insects (or they don't catch enough) they will die... is this true?

    Sorry if the questions are a bit silly but I would hate to kill it by doing something stupid :(

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  11. Hi,

    I have just bought my very first vft!

    I have sarrs and neps but never had a vft!!

    As you can see from the pics, it's a fair size (12cm pot) with lovely looking traps but I'm worried about the sketchy looking substrate (and would love to put it in a nice fancy pot!)

    Is it a bad idea to pot it at this time of year and how do you repot without setting off/damaging the traps?

    Another quick question, I've read conflicting reports about feeding them. Some have said if you don't feed them insects (or they don't catch enough) they will die... is this true?

    Sorry if the questions are a bit silly but I would hate to kill it by doing something stupid :(

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  12. Hi Guy,

    Throughout yesterday the humidity probably averaged about 40/45 where the meter was initially stood.

    Just now, the reading was 40 on the table. I've just sprayed the nep and sat the meter on the leaves and it's now showing 55%.

    Definitely an improvement but is it enough do you think?

  13. Hi everyone,

    I'm having a problem with humidity. I'm growing an Alata (or Ventricosa, could be either) and a Gaya in my conservatory in UK. 

    Both seem to be doing OK but after buying a temp/humidity clock, I think the humidity is too low. I spray them liberally 4 times a day at least but the humidity on the clock is only 30 as you can see in the photo.

    I don't mind getting a humidifier but don't want to end up with mold...

    What do you guys think?

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  14. I ordered what was meant to be a Bloody Mary but when it arrived it was a Gaya and a little worse for wear. 

    Over all its pretty good but the central growth on one part of the plant was snapped of in transit. 

    Will this be able to recover and grow from this point?

    I have added a picture that will probably make more sense than my explanation

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