Ptaah's Heliamphora collection

Maciej Stelmach

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Some of you probably already know me, but to the rest I'd like to say that I've been growing Heliamphora for quite some time now (dating back to early 2000s) with some longer break in-between which I took to finish my studies and finally settle down.

The main purpose of this thread is to share my passion with other Heliamphora growers around the world, gather new contacts, give thoughts and participate in constructive discussions which will hopefully lead to meeting people which I'm not familiar with yet, swap some interesting plants, acquire new knowledge etc.

Feel free to comment and discuss.

So here comes the first batch of pictures - oldschool stuff dating back to 2003 :)


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Hi there, I can attest to your growing skills! I had tried helis a couple of times in the past from a uk nursery and every time the helicopter quickly died! I then didn't try again for years, when I saw a post from you selling some helis and u quelchii so grabbed the quelchii first, this continued growing on a windowsill for me with no acclimatisation, so I decided to try minor ayaun tepui and a pulchella, both these have grown leaps and bounds since I got them last year, I know have 12 or more helis. I'm so glad I gave then a try again with your plants! 

Cheers for sharing you photos! 

Beat regard


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Mark, it seems you're the one to be praised as your new plants are growing well :) I'm glad you got back to the hobby, and even more happy knowing that a tiny bit of inspiration came from me!

As for the H. neblinae (Avispa) - at that time I took a picture the plant was standing in highly illuminated terrarium. There was even bit too intense light as this particular "form" doesn't color that much. Now it's much greener, which doesn't really diminish its attractiveness.

I appreciate your compliments but I believe I'm far from being considered skilled grower. I try my best though :)

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This time I'm presenting couple pictures of another pretty species - H. ciliata. On the contrary to H. neblinae it's clump forming, compact growing plant. The best thing is H. ciliata tolerates very high temperatures unlike other species. I recall keeping this particular clone one summer with temps raising to 30 degrees Celsius and over and it survived without a scratch, just stopped growth. Also kept all of its leaves for months. Below are photographs of my favourite clone:






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Here's another set of pictures presenting H. tatei and 2 hybrids which are well known and popular due to their ease in cultivation. This particular clone of H. tatei produces elongated and nicely colored (from time to time) nectar spoons. While not being fond of the species, I like this plant a lot.






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Apart from Heliamphora I also put other CPs in my highland terraria but it depends on the current amount of space, part of the year etc. Some, like Cephalotus for example, grow outdoors most part of the year. This time I'm adding couple pictures of temporary inhabitants... Okay, some Helis as well :) All are relatively young plants.










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Mostly close ups today. There's no single plant in this selection I don't like. Best of all the popular hybrids imho - H. heterodoxa x nutans with massive lid, still young yet looking promising already H. uncinata, hairless pulchella and pulchella hybrid and last but not least - H. huberi. I fell in love in huberi the moment I got the first adult plant. You might call it a "typical" Heliamphora as it doesn't bear any characteristic features but I still find it very special.

One picture shows seed grown H. huberi which was sown 2 years ago! Quite surprising for me as it's already an adult plant with largest leaf measuring 11cm already. This isn't huberi's last word, I can assure you that! :)










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It's been a while since I posted pictures last time, so there's going to be a bigger batch this time. Mostly pure species. Here we go:


Here's the popular and amongst the best H. neblinae clones out there. Good grower - currently slowly reaching 30cm in height but I'm sure it's capable of more.










Amongst the best exappendiculata clones - how can you not love it for such a big bubbles? :)








My very own baby of H. huberi - at such a young age having mature pitchers. I wonder how big it finally gets and I really hope it keeps vertical growth habit of lids - would be something unusual compared to all popular clones of this species.







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Superbly grown plants Maciej and beautifully photographed, you and your plants are an inspiration to us.  Thank you very much for sharing.

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Thank you very much for kind comments. Here's couple of recent pictures with today's highlight - the superb crying exappendiculata. Love it. With its' spectacular look comes decent size, too.






This is probably the most popular clone of H. ciliata coming from AW. The clone number is for my personal use only. I've noticed this plant doesn't develop well for some people, but I'm lucky enough to keep it in good shape since day 1. Best kept in solarium ;)




We aren't very lucky with good H. arenicola specimens. This one grows quite short and with the reddish coloration it barely resembles plants in situ which are all yellowish-green with red nectar spoon (vide: "Sarraceniaceae of South America" by Redfern).






Okay, will she stop being THIS red? I'd really like to see some green on my neblinae. Poor me...



Last but not least - the awesome plant - one amongst the 4 probably the best ionasis out there. Fat, stout, compact, colorful, hairy. My wife says it reminds her a bear. No wonder! :)



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This time variety of species and a single hybrid.

First comes the giant clone of H. uncinata - still young plant but I simply love it already. In my opinion it's the best clone of this species in cultivation.




This plant I got as a small seedling couple years ago (probably in 2013). After switching to adult leaves it looked just like my any other H. purpurascens, but the nectar spoons are getting bigger and bigger with each new leaf. I'll keep an eye on this guy - perhaps to turn into something special.



Another look at the H. ionasi "3" from previous post. It looses much of its' character if you don't see those long and thick inner hair.



A small update on my small seed grown H. huberi.



H. heterodoxa which I have in my collection for quite some time but actually this year was the first it started to grow well. Hopefully nectar spoons will get bigger than this.







Not so red at the moment, but it'll get there. This clone has been focusing on flowering since winter, with barely any new leaf growth. When this H. arenicola gets more leaves it should switch to red color.




Still young and painfully slowly growing plant.


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Thank you :) Recent cleaning and trimming made me remove some plants from terraria and allowed to reach couple Helis which I rarely give closer look. Here they are:


Heliamphora huberi (Amuri Tepui) - AW clone - this little felow is with me for quite some time already, still young and relatively small. I feel though that slower growth, not very huberi-like shape of the pitchers and inner hair which with each leaf are getting longer are sign that we are dealing with a hybrid. There's probably some H. pulchella in it. Time will tell how this plant will develop.




Heliamphora uncinata (Amuri Tepui) - AW clone - very pretty clone of H. uncinata, but I'm yet to see here more downward pointing nectar spoons. They will either appear with time or stay this way. If they stay like this then this would mean we deal with the hybrid with H. exappendiculata.




Heliamphora nutans (Mt. Roraima) - I have this plant for couple years already and it grows slowly. Still a tiny plant.



H. "Tequila" - I forgot to move it away from the sun at some point ;)


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WOW. Really great examples of these wonderful plants. They look so happy in your conditions! Thanks for sharing Maciej. look forward to seeing the next sales list!!

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Thank you Mark. There's still a lot to learn and improve, but it would be boring if there were no further goals to achieve :)

As for the saleslist, I think I should have one up and running by the end of September. There will be couple interesting plants for sure.

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Thanks Vince! After longer period of absence in terms of adding new pictures on forums, here's finally new batch:


Heliamphora uncinata (Amuri Tepui) - A. Smith clone




Heliamphora uncinata (Amuri Tepui) - M. Schach clone
The extraordinary clone of this species and one of my 2 favourite uncinata clones. I couldn't help it - took far too many pictures of the plant, but hey, I don't get to work with such models every day! :)








Heliamphora parva (Cerro Neblina) - A. Wistuba clone

If anyone happens to recognize the clone number of this plant, I'll be grateful :)




Heliamphora purpurascens (Ptari Tepui) - BCP clone 36/33
Very interesting clone with quite atypical nextar spoon (triangular and elevated) when it comes to this species.




Heliamphora x [elongata x ionasi] x self (Tramen Tepui) /a.k.a. H. nutans (Tramen) x ionasi?/
Very old cross which I got under 2 different names. Wistuba was selling it in early 2000s (that's when I got it) as Heliamphora nutans (Tramen) x ionasi. Then, I believe it was 2-3 years ago I received Heliamphora x [elongata x ionasi] x self which happened to look the same as my old plant. I was told it's an old Wistuba clone. Certainly the "old" name is not the correct one (knowing it's a natural hybrid) as H. nutans doesn't occur anywhere near Tramen Tepui. The only possibilities are H. arenicola and H. elongata. This way I'll rather stick with the elongata x ionasi being the main name for this plant until I gain further data.

Any new information on this hybrid's naming issue would be highly appreciated!



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