*They prefer much lower light than my other highland plants from the same altitude band. All of mine have been shuffled to the lower rows after complaining and are much happier.
*I haven’t tried them in a lower humidity setup yet, but other people report that they do not tolerate it very well. My tent dips to around 60% during the day and floods with fog overnight which seems to be plenty moist.
*Whether or not they can adjust to intermediate temps/warmer nights seems to be VERY dependent on locality. Both of my pure 'Sibuatan' plants are growing foliage fine but way too cranky to put out any pitchers in my intermediate tent, while my three plants with parents from slightly warmer regions to the south are doing great.
Interestingly, although the pure species has been a little extra tricky, both of my spectabilis x ventricosa hybrids are just about the hardiest and prettiest plants I have found. I would highly recommend them to any spectabilis fans looking for a windowsill/beginner’s plant. Spathulata x spectabilis is a pretty universally successful cross that adds a lot of vigour, too.
Right now I am most excited about these guys:
“Satin” - N. spectabilis ('Bandahara' x 'Sibuatan') is a confirmed female that flowered a few weeks ago for me. She’s such a tiny plant that I decided to snip this one but I am looking forward to the next.
“Spectacle” - N. spectabilis ('Bandahara' x 'Sibuatan') is the only sibling I have, and I am hoping it is a male. I also have two pure ‘Sibuatan’ clones, but neither one is very happy with me, and a very vigorous but very ugly young ‘Perkinson’s Giant’ that might get thrown in the mix someday.
I am definitely looking for more people to trade pollen/seeds with down the line! Priority for this breeding group will be given to pure spectabilis, then anything dark-striped and/or toothy, but I have a bunch of other plants I’m going to be looking for matches for soon too.