Wiser

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    Winter pitchers

    Hi Tropicat, & thanks! You should be able to find details of my growing conditions in a couple of previous posts, but they are basically: 12C min temp, humidity min 70%, artificial lights for 5 hrs a day in winter and rainwater only. I grow all my plants in 100% sphagnum moss. Of course, some species like these conditions more than others.
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    Winter pitchers

    Thank you! The spectabilis is from Borneo Exotics; I only know it as their 'giant' form.
  3. Hello everyone, A few pictures of pitchers that have developed over the winter months: N. macrophylla N. edwardsiana: N. peltata N. lowii & N. xtrusmadiensis N. jacquelineae N. spectabilis N. platychila N. mikei N. ephippiata Looking forward to the Spring!! Wiser
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    Summer pitchers

    I only show the good ones! I have my fair share of problems and frustrations, I can assure you. Humidity is easy - I have one hydrofogger on a timer adding moisture every 2 hours during the day, and another set at 70%; humidity is usually well above this level. Keeping the temperature down in the summer is my biggest problem: I suspect heat-stress is responsible for a lot of the issues I've had over the years. The hydrofoggers help to some extent, but this year I'm taking the easy way out and doubling up on the shade netting over the greenhouse. In the winter, of course, I am reliant on heat
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    Summer pitchers

    and this Summer's lowii...... Wiser
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    Bulbophyllums

    This is my first foray onto this part of the Forum. I began experimenting with Bulbophyllums about 18 months ago, to accompany my Nepenthes collection in their new greenhouse; it seemed that they might appreciate the high humidity and summer heat more than many orchids. Keeping them sufficiently well shaded has been the main challenge. Here are some of the results: B. flabellum-veneris: B. frostii B. echinolabium B. arfakianum B. wendlandianum B. grandiflorum B. nymphopolitanum B. propinquum B. rothschildianum B. makoyanum B. lob
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    Summer pitchers

    Thank you! A couple more to show you: N. rajah: N. trusmadiensis:
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    Summer pitchers

    Thank you! It is Wistuba's 'Ivory coloured form'.
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    Summer pitchers

    Very few, other than very tiny flies that N.inermis seems to be very good at catching. I'm more concerned about keeping pests out, so I have double door entry, no windows that open and vents covered with shade netting.
  10. Hello everyone; a few pictures of some of this Summer's crop: N. burbidgeae N. flava N. platychila N. pitopangii N. inermis N. sibuyanensis - upper and lower N. macrophylla (basal growth) N. jamban and a group photo Wiser
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    Xmas pitchers

    Hi lilacina, The klossii is a Borneo Exotics specimen. Difficult to answer your question about xtrusmadiensis: the plant in the picture is the product of a basal cutting I took from the parent plant about 7 years ago - but it was a big basal cutting. Some species/hybrids grow well for me - xtrusmadiensis is one of them - others don't. I wish you luck with yours! Wiser
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    Xmas pitchers

    Hi. Actually, I'm not sure. It was quite a large plant when I acquired it in 2014. After sulking for a while it started growing quite vigorously and now has a leaf span of 2ft.
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    Xmas pitchers

    Hello! Yes it is the Candy Stripe variety. If memory serves me correctly, it came from Chrisitan Klein.
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    Xmas pitchers

    Hi everyone, The weather outside is frightful - but at least it's mild. Good for the heating bill. Here are a few winter pitchers: N.macrophylla N. trusmadiensis: N. aristo: N. klossii: N. peltata: N. veitchii (1): N. veitchii (2): Wishing you good growing in 2016! Wiser
  15. Hello everyone, Too much sun and too little rain in this part of the UK, but here's a selection of this Summer's crop: N. robcantleyi: N. jamban N. rajah: N. peltata: N. burbidgeae: N. truncata x ephippiata: N. inermis: N. sibuyanensis (and N. sanguinea) N. truncata: N. spathulata x hamata: N. hamata: and N. lowii (just opened): Hope you enjoy! Wiser
  16. Hello everyone, I've been waiting for the flowers on my N. robcantleyi to open so that I can tell what sex it is. However, the flower stalk is 80cm high and still growing........! At this rate, I'm going to need a taller greenhouse! Wiser
  17. Hello everyone, I treated myself to a new greenhouse over the Summer; the old one was so crowded it was becoming unmanageable. Here are some pictures of outside and inside:
  18. Hello everyone, I like to keep the larger dried out pitchers from my trusmadiensis plants, but I've found that the only convenient way to keep them is to stick them together. And so the Trusmadiensis Tower was born! Currently comprising 24 pitchers and 0.7m high, I'm thinking of entering it for the Turner prize in due course!! Happy New Year, Wiser
  19. Hello everyone, A few favourites from this year's crop: N. macrophylla N. lowii N. rajah N.veitchii N. jamban N. burbidgeae Wiser
  20. Outstanding!! Better than Kew Gardens! Wiser
  21. Hello everyone, This may be common knowledge to UK members, but Kew Gardens have now dedicated an area in the Princess of Wales Conservatory to Nepenthes. This must have opened in the last couple of months and none of the plants look established yet. It is a curious mix of lowland and highland species, but should be well worth a visit in due course, especially if the huge bicalcarata (see picture) decides it likes its new home. I go to Kew on a regular basis, so I will keep you posted. bicalcarata: Wiser
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    Lowii at last

    Thanks Lucifer. I keep a min temp of 12C at night and 17C during the day, with humidity at min 70%. I can't control the maximums. The lowii seems to prefer being kept out of direct light and has done much better since I repotted in 100% sphagnum moss about a year ago.
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    Lowii at last

    As the snow falls again, the only real highlight of our incessant Winter has been my first lowii upper. Here are a couple of shots: Wiser
  24. Hi Manders, I have two mature Veitchiis, both of which have happily continued to grow and pitcher over our abysmal winter - unlike many of my other Nepenthes. I keep the greenhouse at a min of 12C, raising it to 17C during the day. Here's the latest pitcher. Wiser
  25. Hello everyone, A few pictures from this Summer's crop: N. sibuyanensis: N. rajah: N. trusmadiensis; N. veitchii: and another: N. jacquelineae: N. truncata (my largest pitcher so far, at 16"): N. boschiana x densiflora uppers: and a new basal pitcher: Wiser