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  1. Well I said that just in case, since they will take their time to grow
  2. I bought them from another user, but if you are still looking for it when I can make my own I'll let you know if you're still around here :)
  3. If I'm not mistaken when BE releases a seed grown cross they keep some to clone them in vitro, so technically our plants should be brothers with the previous release. I tried several times to grab a Robmata but I'm always late. and the price skyrocketed. I still like more the pure Hamata, though. BTW I just found that one of my two N. Ventricosa (porcelain) cuttings that looked like they weren't doing anything was inflating a hidden pitcher. It was in the back so I didn't notice it until I grabbed the pot to check the growing point. So far it seems to like the same temps than my red form.
  4. Wow that one really inherited the N. Hamata coloration! The previous pic BE used for its catalogue was really red too, but it seems that our green ones with red speckles are more common.
  5. It is extremely rare to see snow here since I live close to the coast, perhaps once or twice in the entire winter we wake up with a bit of snow after a cold wave, but by midday it is all already gone. It is not easy to find Neps that can endure both highland and lowland temps. That peristome looks promising Your summer hot nights are the temps we have in the winter during the day lol. Where did you see the clones with the dark peristomes? I've seen pics of Ventricosax Hamata with reddish pitchers, but not with dark peristomes. Both clones I have look very similar.
  6. They really look like that pic from Borneo Exotics with the frog inside, right? According to my experiments from last year, N. Hamata can take up to 28~29c but above that they will start to lower their lids. The problem for me is that were I live night temps can be up to 26c in the worst weeks... even after lowering their night temps with ice packs they ended up being stressed. When the tank is close to the AC it can keep the temps inside around 19c, hope that is enough, at least they grow with those temps in spring and autumn. The things we do for these plants. I tried a few times to grow N. Burkei without any luck, but I really like it. And attempting N. Burkei x Hamata was a disaster for me I wanted them because of their darker coloration, but the Ventricosa cross had been way easier in the end.
  7. Hamatas are easier than most people think, but they still require some experience dealing with the highland species. N. Ventricosa x Hamata is waay more tolerant to lower humidity and higher temps. I have two, one as a windowsill plant and this one under a growing LED lamp: As for the pure species, I have two Wistuba clones, #1 and #3. Clone #1 is a bit more tolerant to warmer temps (my summers are a nightmare for any true highland)... This is #1: And this one clone #3: I had them for more than a year and half and they had been steady growers (except for the summer months). For this year I already bought a portable AC, we will see if it helps. The pitchers aren't as big as the pics I can see online but still I'm quite happy of the result: And this is the other parent of the hybrid, N. Ventricosa. I have two cuttings acclimatizing, and the only one growing pitchers right now is my tiny N. Ventricosa red: I have it next to the N. Ventricosa x Hamata under the LED lamp.
  8. It is seed grown from Borneo Exotics (BE-3560 N. Spectabilis Giant x N.Ventricosa Madja-as). It has the weird habit of changing the body color depending of the season, when cold pitchers are more garnet, but when the summer temps arrive it turns more green and the inner wall can color up completely hiding its Spectabilis speckles. I don't have a pic of my own of it right now but there is a pic in hampshire carnivores (first pic was my plant): https://www.hantsflytrap.com/nmc3560-n-spectabalis-x-n-ventricosa-679-p.asp
  9. Thank you. It is just growing outside, next to a N. x Rebecca Soper and a N. x Ventrata. My temperature is equivalent to the hardiness zone 10a. Humidity 40~70%.
  10. Nice ribbed peristome, I like it! Might consider adding one of these to my collection. I want to show one of my easiest Ventricosa hybrids too, Spectabilis x Ventricosa ;) This one popped this week. These are from a basal shoot. It lost the pitchers from the main vine this winter, but it is growing new ones.
  11. I do it, not sure if it really helps (those pitchers it came with will die prematurely anyways). At least it doesn't hurt them, so why not. Which plant did you buy in the end?
  12. The one in the 2 pic is x Rebecca Soper and the last one is the x Lady Luck/Bloody Mary for sure.
  13. I have two Spectabilis x Ventricosa, they grow slower than the pure Ventricosa but similar to x Rebecca Soper. Nice dark speckles, a yellow peristome with red stripes and the pitchers that face to the Sun get a red flush on the edges.
  14. N. Hamata is not that hard, it is just a highland that requires good humidity. But for a beginner I wouldn't recommend it or any of its hybrids, as Zerbirus said Hamata hybrids are more expensive and it adds extra difficulty to the Ventricosa parentage. I managed to make a Ventricosa x Hamata grow as a house plant under LEDs, but it needed almost 3 months to acclimate to the lower humidity and grow new pitchers. In contrast, my Ventricosa Red produced pitchers starting from its second leaf under my care.
  15. Some Nepenthes can turn reddish under a strong light. If the leaves don't turn brown or dry and the plant keeps growing its traps I wouldn't worry about it.
  16. Of all the Nepenthes I owned until now, the easiest (even more than the typical garden center N. x Ventrata) has been the N. Ventricosa red I purchased last year. I think it is one of those that Hampshire Carnivorous plants sells with the BE code 3772. The adult pitcher pic they uploaded doesn't match though, it looks like a trap from the N. Ventricosa Madja-As form (that in my experience it is a more fussy plant). The traps are more red with some speckles.
  17. That process is called scarification: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarification_(botany) It is done to help germination, in particular to seeds that have a hard coat or that are inhibited from germinating until it goes through an animal's digestive tract or suffers some physical damage. For that some seeds are quickly submerged in acid or polished to remove its protection. I did it a few times with citrus seeds (removing the peel), but never seen it being done to carnivorous plant seeds before.
  18. I never had a N. Campanulata, but last year I had my Hamatas in similar conditions and they hated it, don't seem to like temps above 26c or below 16c. 21~24c to 17~18c (~73f to ~63f) is when they seem to be happier.
  19. It is too young to identify, since all Nepenthes look similar when are that young. You need yo wait until the pitchers show some adult characteristics, then people could help you with that. Are these the old pitchers that the plant had when it arrived? If they are empty of liquid that could explain it. My plant pitchers usually dry from the top part or go all brown at the same time.
  20. I found the email order, and it was listed as a possible x Alata hybrid as I said before: Nepenthes burkei { x alata?, Halcon, Philippines} [BCP ID# N295, N297, N298] / 2+ plants, size 3-10 cm But it looks like a Burkei x Alata? Because I can't find any pic of a N. Alata that looks like this. Seems it is going to grow its first upper (tendril on the back). The new pitchers, when inflating, already have the mature coloration. The other plant from the same order is almost identical to the N. Burkei pics I can find online, but the peristome is flared and more ribbed like this one.
  21. Thank you for you replies! Did BCP sell plants from BE? I remember that these in particular were listed with three of their own clone numbers, mixed, as the same product. They don't seem to sell Nepenthes anymore, so I can't check.
  22. Hello, A few years ago I purchased some Nepenthes labeled as "N. Burkei (x Alata?) Mt. Halcon" from Best Carnivorous plants, and all had green pitchers with red speckles when young, some with a pitcher body more slender than others. A few weeks ago I found that one in particular was growing red pitchers with green speckles: It is a very dark red, almost brown. I can't find any pic of a N. Alata this dark, and the peristome does look like N. Burkei. Any idea of what kind of cross it can be? Also, do these seedlings look like they can be N. Sumatrana?
  23. Well at first glance they don't look like Nepenthes seeds to me neither, but it is as easy as waiting for the first true leaf to grow, right? A German Nepenthes and Heliamphora enthusiast and distributor... perhaps are you talking about A. Wistuba?
  24. I had seeds that germinated one year later after being sowed in a pot, but I guess that the way they are stored can determine how long they can survive before germination.
  25. Yes this hybrid seems really easy to care, I got one a few weeks ago bare root and it recovered in no time. I think it is one of the hybrids that Borneo Exotics selected for their easy to care Bio Domes under the "Nepenthes Mimi" name.