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  1. So this summer I had 5 plants. At the peak of summer I was watering them every 2 days and apparently it wasn't enough because I lost 3 of them. The remaining two plants I watered every day and they survived. My media is mostly mineral so what worked for other growers (ie watering less) didn't work in my conditions. It was interesting to observe that they shrank to almost half their size during the hottest months. Little dew (althought they kept catching) and they lost their upright claw-like form. Then we had a week when there was very strong morning dew (everything looked wet like it had just rained) and they almost doubled in size with big droplets of dew and went right back to their upright form. It was amazing to see how they reacted so positively to morning dew. Here they are now 3 months later.
  2. In my experience: keep them warm, lots of light, air current (no stagnant air or too much humidity), very wet (pot standing in water like sarracenia). Also almost all mineral media with or without just a bit of peat seems to work best. This is until they grow about 6 leaves and then they don't need to sit in water, you can just keep them moist like a house plant, but don't let them dry out.
  3. This plant seems to be a magnet for little nocturnal moths, I have to admit I find it almost a little sad. It also recently caught a big damselfly, must have been an accident ? What a horrible place to consider resting on...
  4. Yes exactly. The area I'm in right now is getting very hot. Aluminium foil makes a difference of about 10+ degrees in soil temperature and makes a more stable change.
  5. Totally forgot how successful this plant is...
  6. So happy to have this magnificent species once again after 8 years...Last time I had 5 adult flowering plants but all of them died when I had to go on a workshop for a month, the plant keeper had them too dry. Once again I have about 5 young plants. This time I'm experimenting with media, temperatures; reading articles online and trying to have more control over their growth to find the perfect conditions. I am also in a different region now (hotter) so things are already different.
  7. Found a picture of my plant when it was much younger, amazing how it has changed.
  8. Thanks Dicon. Would you share pictures if you ever get the chance ? I've made some research online and found both squat and elongated plants. I do wish mine were squatter though. For me only the first few pitchers of the season (summer) are squat and the rest are taller. Maybe it has something to do with my windowsill conditions.
  9. Mine is in a quite windy location. Full sun (south) but behind a thin curtain in summer. I don't shade winter sun. Intermediate temps but low humidity. In higher humidity in summer it keeps 4-5 pitchers going though so I assume it would enjoy more humidity.
  10. Someone on another forum said the pitchers get more elongated as the plant get to the vining stage. I have no idea, any experts care to comment ? This is the plant 2 summers ago
  11. Just sharing my love for this species. Anyone else keeping this plant ? Please share your photos, I'd love to see the variations.
  12. Hahah ! So many details I hadn't even noticed like the pool game. "Hand sniffing" - lol! By the way Smilesii has gone into some flowering frenzy. I have already cut off 2 stalks and now it's making 2 more. I also have to keep it submerged in water all the time or it wilts immediately. Among my nepenthes it's very different, I wish I had a female Smilesii as well.
  13. Awesome, I think I've never seen this one before.
  14. Not really a summer bloom but my Aeonium finally flowered this year ! Here it is dormant once again now that summer has arrived: And this one is a spring bloom though I don't know the species - perhaps mammillaria ?: By the way my Orbea Variegata is making seeds again so if you want some let me know. No signs of seeds from Hirsuta or Stapelia yet. I think I will give away my orbea this year so this is probably the last time.
  15. Andrew, Veitchii is one of my favorite nepenthes but I think mine is a male as well Dave hehe, I feel the same way about Prometheus. At least the visuals are great as can be expected in a R Scott movie but that's about it. It's so difficult to watch those dorky "scientists" at work.