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By cclinton23
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I was given a few Neps from a guy who was didnt have the time for his collection anymore. They seem like they have acclimated pretty good to their new environment. They are starting to put out new pitchers but they are alot smaller than the ones that were on it when I got them. They are under yescom 225 white with around 80 percent humidity in an indoor greenhouse. Just wanting to get some advice on how to increase the sizes of the pitchers or will that come as they become more acclimated to my environment? Thanks in advance.
By cclinton23
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Here's some pics. New pitchers are the smaller ones and the original pitchers are the larger ones.
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By Camden
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Hey, sorry I’m late to the party! Usually when plants are stressed (in you’re case newly acclimated) they can show signs by producing small pitchers, smaller leaf’s, flowering, basal shoots etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were back to their normal pace and size a couple leafs later. Btw, it looks like you have two very prolific Ventricosa and sanguinea :)
By cclinton23
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Yes sir. Hopefully they straighten out. Only had them about 2 months. They are just now starting to pitcher for me. Looks like some of the next few may be a little bigger than the last.
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By ChefDean
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As said previously, they stress with any change in environment and can take weeks to months to recover. Just give it some time.
However, in my experience, feeding them as new pitchers develop will help them grow faster. Where yours are already producing pitchers, that shows it's well on it's way to recovery. Also in my experience, what you feed them will definitely have an impact.
If you feed them chemical food (fertilizer), you'll see slightly faster growth, but they may skip forming a pitcher on up to the next three leaves (usually only a single leaf skip). Not a big deal if you want size faster, but the top may outpace the bottom, and that can produce other problems.
If you feed it natural food (bugs) they'll grow slightly slower, but will grow a pitcher on each new leaf to catch more bugs. They'll also grow more proportionally, the bottom keeping up with the top, but may lead to the need for a repot more quickly.
Either way, you may have to add a little water to the first pitchers to encourage the bugs to decompose or the fertilizer to dissolve. After that, if you keep enough water in the media (not sitting in water), they should keep fluid in the pitchers themselves.
By cclinton23
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Thanks. I haven't went the fertilizer route yet. I'm worried I'd over do it and harm the plants. I have been feeding them some fly, wasps, and crickets. How many pitchers need food at any given time? Should I be feeding them all?
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