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By Nepenthes0260
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I think not enough people talk about this hybrid, so here it is!

California Carnivores created this cross a few years ago. This plant combines the tolerant, fast-growing nature of the tall H. tatei with the shapely elegance of the short H. pulchella. The result is fantastic! It kind of looks like a shorter ionasi(i) This plant is very vigorous and fast growing for a heli. Grown under intense light, the result is a really dark red coloring, almost purple, while under lower light the pitchers are green with nice red venation. Regardless of what light it is grown under, pitchers color up over time. Another great characteristic of this cross is its extremely long-lasting pitchers. I still have pitchers on this plant that are over a year old! Also, I've found that this plant doesn't mind a peaty mix, unlike my other helis. My only complaint is that they made it with the Cerro Duida form of H. tatei- I think if they made it with the Cerro Huachamachare form or the Cerro Marahuaca form the result would be interesting because it may form a short stem, like the tateis from those tepuis.
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Copper2 wrote:Why Matt, WHY???
It was a sad, sad day for sure. I just got so involved with other things that I spaced on my Helis. They were in a terrarium that was easy to ignore due to the fact that I had it wrapped in reflective foil for better lighting and couldn't see into it unless I walked right up to the top of it.
By heli_im4ya
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Nep - The division I bought from you back in April '19 is doing GREAT! In the year I've had it, it's grown 5 or 6 new growth points, and is carrying about 10-12 pitchers now. It's quickly overgrowing the pot I have it in, and I'm sure I'll need to repot soon. I've been keeping topped off with distilled water and feeding with MaxSea every few days (and dropping the occasional bug in there, so he doesn't forget his ancestral roots :) )

This pic was from back in Feb. It's since grown a few more pitchers, and I switched to stronger lighting so I'm finally getting some more red/veining.

Thanks again!
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By Nepenthes0260
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heli_im4ya wrote:Nep - The division I bought from you back in April '19 is doing GREAT! In the year I've had it, it's grown 5 or 6 new growth points, and is carrying about 10-12 pitchers now. It's quickly overgrowing the pot I have it in, and I'm sure I'll need to repot soon. I've been keeping topped off with distilled water and feeding with MaxSea every few days (and dropping the occasional bug in there, so he doesn't forget his ancestral roots :) )

This pic was from back in Feb. It's since grown a few more pitchers, and I switched to stronger lighting so I'm finally getting some more red/veining.

Thanks again!
Wow, man, it is looking GREAT! I should grow one of mine in lower light because, while I do like the red coloring, I really like the curvy openings you get in lower light. Do you know the species of fern that's in its pot? What humidity do you grow it in? It's looking like it likes wherever it's growing.

So glad it's doing well!
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heli_im4ya wrote:Nep - The division I bought from you back in April '19 is doing GREAT!
That thing is gorgeous!!
Nepenthes0260 wrote: I should grow one of mine in lower light because, while I do like the red coloring, I really like the curvy openings you get in lower light.
I agree. I like the shape of the pitchers much better in lower light.
By heli_im4ya
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So this thing is a real trooper. I'm actually growing it at my office desk! I water the pot through with distilled water until the tray below is filled, keep the pitchers topped off, and occasionally mist. The humidity has got to vary throughout the day, but this guy seems to enjoy it. I think growing it in live sphagnum really helps.

As for the fern, I collected it from one of the glens around me in Upstate NY (don't tell the DEC) and I've always known them by "Lady Ferns". They seemed to really like moisture and limited nutrients growing on rock walls, so I figured why not?
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