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Nicolas de Lyon

N. campanulata blooming

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Hi,

A few weeks ago, I received a N. campanulata plant, originating from Wistuba.

It has been stressed by the change of cultivation set-up, and also because the weather has been rather cold here recently (I've now added a heating cable in my terrarium, but my lowland Nepenthes collection has experienced some rather cold temperatures during a few days before I did so). This has caused it to start blooming:

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In fact, I hesitate to cut down this flower stalk because the plant still looks rather strong:

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Furthermore, my N. veitchii (theoretically a highland plant but it's doing great with my lowlands) is starting to bloom too:

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I was wondering why this plant has been looking so poor since I moved (during the spring), while all my other neps are up and running for a couple of months now... Now I understand!

I already know that my N. veitchii is a boy.

So, I've got 2 questions:

1, does somebody know if Wistuba sales only one clone of N. campanulata, and, if so, what sex it is?

2, what do you think of this situation?

Thanks ;)

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I did a little experiment with a mira recently and kept it rather warmer than it should be, it started flowering and the plant is barely 3 inches tall! I dont think it will do the plant any good to let them flower due to stress though and might kill it. The veitcheii is presumably a highlander?

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I don't know if Wistuba sells more than one clone of N. campanulata.

I've got my N. campanulata from him as well and it is flowering for the second time now.

My N. campanulata is a female!

I guess the only way to know for sure if yours is a male or female is to wait for the flowers to open! biggrin.gif

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I had a N. maxima that flowered from stress once... and the stalk only produced three flowers! Your flower stalk isn't that bad but it doesn't have many flowers on it. If that's the best the plant can manage at the moment then maybe cutting the stalk off now while it's young might be a good idea.

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Hi Nicolas,

The flower spike looks male to me, in which case, it will not put too much of a demand on the plant as a female would (pollen ripens in a few weeks, whereas a female flower taken to seed would be many months).

As there is a female flowering in the hands of Emiel, It may be worth keeping the spike and making species seed!

It would be nice if these two plants were registered on the Nep Sex Register HERE

Matt

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Hello,

many thanks for your advices.

At least for the time being, I will just wait and try to allow it to flower. However, if the plant begins to show any sign of weakness, I will hear the voice of the reason and cut it down.

Dicon, I'll have a look at the rules of the sex register, thanks.

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My female campanulata is flowering on schedule again this year, attempts at hybrid seed last time were futile but I'm hoping some species pollen will do the trick. Just a heads up :)

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