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  1. Hello Everyone, I would like to provide and update on my attempts to grow a N ampullaria on a windowsill in the UK. I've always wanted to grow this plant. But since my girlfriend moved in, the space I'm allowed to dedicate to carnivorous plants has been somewhat restricted ("houses are for people, not for carnivorous plants" she says). So unfortunately I don't have space for a terrarium large enough to house a Nepenthes. A couple of years ago I thought I'd see whether it was possible to grow this plant on a windowsill. I bought a nice speckled ampullaria from Andreas Wistuba and simply placed it on a windowsill (that doesn't receive any direct sunlight) under some growlux tubes. The plant immediately stopped forming pitchers and as the months passed the rosette of pitcherless leaves was getting smaller and smaller. I suspected the plant was heading for a slow death. The next thing I tried was coiling a soil warming cable around the inside of the pot. This coil was attached to a thermostat which I set to 24C. Over the next few months the leaves slowly began to grow larger but still did not form pitchers. So then a few months ago I placed a plastic dome over the plant to increase the humidity. Here are some photos of my plant now. It responded very posittively to the increase in humidity and is now forming very nice pitchers. So it does appear to be possible to create the correct temperature and humidity conditions for lowland nepenthes on a UK windowsill; using a thermostatically controlled soil warming cable and a plastic dome. However this is not a cheap solution. The soil warming cable cost around £30 and the thermostatic controller cost around £45. I hope this post is useful for some other growers. Regards Mark
  2. Hi, Some pics of my lowland setup. I hope you'll enjoy them. :) Nepenthes campanulata Nepenthes pervillei It caused me many problems since I have it... So I hope that its last leaf jump is a good thing. Nepenthes northiana Nepenthes bicalcarata Sri Aman Nepenthes clipeata AW clone 2 Nepenthes "Briggsiana" Nepenthes adnata Nepenthes sumatrana, can't wait to see true lowers and no more these very boring rosette pitchers... Nepenthes treubiana Nepenthes vieillardii Nepenthes bellii Not a Nepenthes but a nice Heliamphora ciliata.
  3. Hi ! I present you today my lowland terrarium. I hope you are not afraid by warm temperatures and humidity ! ;) The tank. Same view, when the fogger is working. Inside. The jungle is sleeping under the fog... All is growing in all directions ! Nepenthes gracilis, which begins to climb so I use a tantalum wire to maintain it. A young Nepenthes albomarginata "green", which begins to make me new leaves and pitchers after a long acclimatization. Nepenthes kampotiana, detail. This one grows quickly. But at this moment it's slower. Last pitcher of Nepenthes "ventrinermis". I think it's the faster grower I have, after my Codariocalyx motorius. Nepenthes tentaculata which is in acclimatization. For the moment, all is fine. A big Heliamphora heterodoxa x nutans. I have it since more of one year. It already flowered. What can we see behind the foliage ? Is it a Nepenthes ventricosa ? Yes of course. This Nepenthes northiana is hiding. Sorry, I don't succeed to do better. The plant is really inaccessible. A young Nepenthes andamana, beside a small Drosera prolifera. I've obtained this Nepenthes from Marcello Catalano, an italien naturalist present on this forum... And who has discovered and described this specie if my memorie is good. Nice, no ? Several Drosera schizandra. My Codariocalyx motorius. A very fast grower ! And one of my favorite Nepenthes adnata.
  4. A few quick snaps of my N. ampullaria whilst it was outside its amp tank. As you can see, growth remains compact, which I suspect is due to the high light levels I grow it under: SS855935 by Carl Leach, on Flickr SS855946 by Carl Leach, on Flickr SS855937 by Carl Leach, on Flickr
  5. Hi everyone, In which substrate are you growing (successfully) your lowland Nepenthes? For me, 30% peat moss, 10% charcoal, 20% perlite, 20% vermiculite, 20% pine bark works well but I am thinking about changing and I would appreciate any other recipe that proved to work well. Cheers Vincent
  6. Hi everyone, I have a question for you. I can see on some Internet websites N. ventricosa x aristolochoides classed as a lowland hybrid. I must confess my scepticism, because everybody knows N. aristolochoides is a real highland specie. The hybridation with N. ventricosa should get a highland hybrid, no ? What's your opinion ? Do you grow it ? If yes, what are your growing conditions ?
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