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Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:18 pm
by Panman
I'm looking for a recommendation of a lowland plant that is fairly easy to grow and has a compact growth habit. Any suggestions?

Re: Looking for a lowland starter plant

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:20 pm
by That one plant boi
Nepenthes truncata is a good one. Doesn't really vine, but gets huge.

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Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:28 pm
by Camden M
Try a Rafflesiana; (Edit: just realized you said compact, Don’t try Rafflesiana then :D :lol: )

Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:29 pm
by Bluefire
Gracilis or ampullaria? They readily basal, so I hear, which would make it easier to trim any irritating vines.

Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:33 pm
by Bluefire
Camden M wrote: Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:28 pm Try a Rafflesiana;
Doesn’t raff get massive?
Actually, don’t most lowlanders grow giant leaves with little pitchers (proportionally) on the end?

Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:36 pm
by Camden M
Yes, it is a little hard to find a compact low lander.

Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:44 pm
by That one plant boi
By "compact" I just realized you probably weren't talking about Vining, and instead, overall size.

I think a good smaller candidate would be zakriana, formerly fusca flared peristome. It typically is grown as an intermediate, but it has been doing well under lowland conditions for me. It grows a bit slower and doesn't have a very wide leaf span, so I think it would do well as a starter nepenthes.

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Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 6:22 pm
by optique
for super easy try Nepenthes 'Diana'

Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 6:37 pm
by Sundews69
I think ampullaria, gracilis, or albomarginata are the best small-ish ones. Ampullaria rarely vines and usually only forms lots of small basals covering the media; gracilis just stays small; and albomarginata doesn't vine too much, but it does more often than ampullaria. It's a slow grower though so a baby plant would take a while to vine (I think).

Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 6:56 pm
by ChefDean
None of them really stay small that I've heard of, but a Lady Luck does seem to basal readily, so it seems to stay compact and bushy just by shooting out babies. That way, if it does vine, you'll feel less sorry about cutting it as you'll probably have a few basals to absorb the loss.
Mine shot out four basals the first year, two of which I trimmed and sent to Supercazzola when I repotted it.

Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 7:01 pm
by Camden M
Another great one, almost as hardy as Ventrata, is N. khasiana… if you can find it.


All of these mentioned can stay compact if you keep them trimmed, which in fact is a way to trigger more basal and pitcher growth.

Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 10:30 pm
by Supercazzola
I second albomarginata

Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2022 2:11 am
by Nepenthes0260
N. campanulata is a very unique, compact, lowland species… that is, if you’re able to keep it happy :lol: . Most other lowland species are very vigorous and grow to monstrous proportions or stay smaller in terms of leaf size but produce crazy long vines.

Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2022 3:12 am
by scarlet-moon-83
For lowland that stay compact for years, its n. adnata

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Or nepenthes ampullaria under very strong lights. They still grow long branches, but you could always prune them.

Or nepenthes campanulata, but this one are slightly harder. They're lowlander but prefer slightly cooler temperatures than usual lowland.

Other lowlander are typically large plants with small but numerous a active pitchers. Lowland with large leaves & large pitchers are sumatrana & merrilliana.

Re: Looking for recommendations of a lowland starter plant

Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2022 6:33 am
by tzestan
Depends on whether you are looking for lowlanders that would likely grow well as intermediates, or lowlanders that would do well in typical tropical lowland environment. The plants are slightly different.

In the former case, probably albomarginata, bellii and madagascariensis. The latter would be gracilis, mirabilis and rafflesiana. Bellii and madagascariensis are relatively small. The others will make vines of several meters long. Bicalcarata can grow easily in lowland environment, but would struggle as intermediate. Plant choice depends on what condition you can provide.

Very few compact size lowland plants are good starters. Campanulata and adnata are small, but they are not starter plants.