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By Jignesh111
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#272578
Hi I wanted to know whether I could grow nepenthes just on a south facing window. I live in the UK. Would it be better to have artificial lighting and a fish tank?

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By nimbulan
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#272586
That should be just fine. Start with easier plants and work your way up to test the limits of your growing space.
By Jignesh111
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#272598
What do you recommend growing from seed first?

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By nimbulan
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#272602
Definitely not. Carnivorous plants in general are rather slow to grow from seed and Nepenthes especially so. I have some 4 month old seedlings, only one of which has reached approximately 1cm diameter size and is still a long way from houseplant size.
By BrandonH
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Joined:  Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:41 am
#272644
I grow all of my nepenthes in a south facing window. In my opinion it is the best window and 2nd would be a western window.

I agree i wouldn't try growing from seeds at first. most nepenthes can take up to 5-7 years to reach maturity.
By Benurmanii
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#272647
Not to mention it is hard to find Nepenthes seeds.

Start with the hybrid ventrata, or the species sanguinea and/or ventricosa. They look good, and can get some decently sized pitchers.
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By nimbulan
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#272650
I will vouch for N. sanguinea being a colorful weed. That thing is going to take over my home...
By BrandonH
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#272669
Benurmanii wrote:Not to mention it is hard to find Nepenthes seeds.

Start with the hybrid ventrata, or the species sanguinea and/or ventricosa. They look good, and can get some decently sized pitchers.
nimbulan wrote:I will vouch for N. sanguinea being a colorful weed. That thing is going to take over my home...
I 3rd these suggestions they are great plants for anyone who wants to grow nepenthes! They shouldn't be all that hard to locate either. Sometimes you can find them in garden centers like walmart and they are already pretty large.
By carnigrower
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Joined:  Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:35 pm
#272712
Seems your in the uk as I am, I would recommend n Bill Bailey to stay with, this had been made for growing on windowsills in the northern hemisphere. I have been growing this from a little 3inch plant in a bio-dome in 2011 or 12 to a nearly 4 foot vine that flowered this year.
Here's an intermediate pitcher
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And the whole plant
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You can get a small plant of this from asda in a bio-dome, don't know if they still have them but worth a phone call. If not I have one that's 10 inches from leaf tip to leaf tip that I could part with. I also grow on the same SE windowsill, robcantleyi, tentaculata, glabrata, lowii, spectabilis, fusca x robcantleyi, ventricosa x rob, densiflora x rob, aristolochioides, spectabilis x aristolochioides and x princess alongside my numerous heliamphora and section orchidioides utricularia,
Here's a pic of jamesoniana in flower at the moment,
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All are just sitting on the windowsills in ambient temp and humidity, but I do live in Edinburgh!

Kind regards

Mark
By Jignesh111
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Joined:  Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:01 am
#274309
Thanks Mark

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