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  1. Hehe guys. I've read success stories on a few other sources as well, I'm going to include them here once I find them again.

    I think the problem is that not many people seem to grow this plant and even fewer of those people actually dare experimenting with their plants. For instance people still say you can not transplant and I myself have transplanted about 6 times (twice or so for each pot, I have 4). As long as you move the whole rootball, the plants don't skip a beat.

    Anyway, looks like we have a lot to learn still.

  2. You have a monstera, too? Awesome, I have one as well. It's growing great for me, too fast actually, I had to cut it this year or it would reach the ceiling. My flat is dry too but you must be right about different factors because monstera and ficus normally are very hardy as you know.

    By the way I am using drinking water for my neps, mineral content is 56 mikrosiemens. Tap water is too hard here.

    I can recommend some low humidity plants. These plants keep growing and pitchering all year - veitchii (lowland from wistuba), maxima x TM, truncata x ventricosa, truncata x veitchii and albomarginata. All my other plants even maxima and miranda stop pitchering in winter but these ones continue.

    I was never successful with truncata (pasian), it is very slow in low humidity. I also have to tell you some of my plants took a very long time to adapt. Truncata x Veitchii took about 6-8 months ! But it never stops now.

    Anyway I hope things improve for you. Your plants really look very healthy and beautiful.

  3. I have the same setup, southeastern window but I don't even have an open terrarium. All my plants are windowsill grown.

    You don't need humidity, but it always helps. You don't have to cover them with glass, they are just adapting, they will pitcher. Remember it may take a few months though depending on how hardy they are.

    edit: Humidity is overrated sometimes. Some of my plants like Albomarginata and Veitchii pitcher on top of the central heating (%10-20 humidity)

  4. I agree with Gaz. I am also using a "Cactus Mix" product from the garden centre but you should mix some perlite or some other inorganic material while using these products. My mix is %50 cactus mix and %50 perlite. You can probably use less perlite but this ratio has worked well for me so far.

  5. LOL at the cynical responses here. Well said! What a disappointment that movie was. My biggest gripe is the "scientist team" who were ALL acting like complete morons and none of them even wanted to be there. Here you find an alien civilization, what's left of it anyway, and they all just want to go home totally uninterested...I don't even want to talk about the biologist who makes baby talk and tries to pet an alien snake-like creature that rears its head in aggression...

    Anyway, I did spot the nepenthes right away as well. It was a Ventrata from what I remember (and placed poorly as it was too obvious it didn't grow there)

  6. I have both Portugal and Spain locations but I really believe the pot size is the issue here. In the first photo you have 5 plants together - Are those in the same pot ? I can't tell. In the second photo you have 2 plants together.

    When you have a single plant in a big pot, there is a dramatic change in growth rate and size. From your first photo I can tell that they need more space. As they reach the limit of their root space, their "heads" start getting smaller instead of expanding.

    Here are my plants. They are all the same age but mixed locations. As you can see the biggest one had the biggest root space right from the beginning. I have no doubt that others would have grown just as big if they didn't have smaller pots.

    By the way this is an old picture, they have all been transplanted into bigger pots now.


  7. I think it may help. But how about the plants growing by pine trees ? Those two web sites are showing rocky locations only. There are other locations covered with pine needles (pine leaves ?) and plants there seem to do just as fine.

    I am thinking their primary source is the moisture deep below. They must be getting something from there, otherwise why bother making roots so long right from the beginning ? And then it's probably supported by the moisture in the air. Last summer I watered a couple of mine by only spraying the leaves very early in the morning and they did fine for a long time although of course to say something solid would require an actual scientific approach.

  8. Time of the year has no effect on it if you provide additional lighting. 5 of mine germinated in December/January 2011 and they are still alive. My opinion on vermiculite is different as well. I use it in all my pots without any problems. My mix is vermiculite, peat and perlite - 1:1:1

    I find this to be a hardy plant. The only sensitive part is the roots. When you damage a small part of the root, you will see that a part of the plant wilts immediately. If you damage more roots, a bigger area will wilt. This is what happens when you transfer, if the damage is too great, the plant can not recover.

    Just use peat pots or sow them in huge pots from the beginning. I sow them in small plastic pots but cut the lower half of the pot while transferring, I never take out the soil.

  9. Hehe Gary I have to admit I'm a bit reckless with my plants, even my tropical drosera get snow during the winter. It is mild here though, snow never stays more than a day or two, at least not at the coast where I live.

    Cacti and succulents in general seem to do much better after a period of cold, so I leave them all outside throughout the year.

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