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By Xterms
Posts:  166
Joined:  Thu May 20, 2010 1:15 pm
#60162
Hello!
I set off in the heavy morning downpour for a packet of perlite in the capital and for some new carnivorous friends on the way back. They don't seem to having been cared well, but that's why I could buy them at a minimal price.
Here are the sarracenias:
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The left one is an Alata X Leucophylla ( my two favourites :P ), and the right one is supposedly a purpurea (?). The latter one was flowering, that's what he also didn't like, so I cut it off and placed it beside the plant, I heard there's a chance that it develops a new plant. They have suffered lack of light, that's why they're very tall and weak (I think) but hopefully will get better at me. Opinions? :)

The next one is the Nepenthes.
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He was fertilized and all of the leaves' ends were black, so I cut them off. The grower knew about the fertilizing damage but he didn't grow the plant for its large pitchers. I repotted the nep. immediately (as all the others, too), flushed his roots and gave him a brand new soil. I think he'll grow pitchers on the new shoots. Opinions? :)

And here's my beautiful new VFT, he already got the first lunch at me with the assistance of an earwig. I hate earwigs. :)
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(sorry for the bad light conditions, I can't drive the sun :( )
And two other questions:
1. I have two bottles of frozen rainwater in the freezer. Can I water the plants with them after I run out of the liquid water?
2. How can I remove husks from the traps of the VFTs if the procedure triggers the traps? Or should I just leave the corpses where they are?

I'd be extremely grateful for your opinions and advices.

Cheers,
Xterms
By moof
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Joined:  Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:54 am
#60255
1) If you live in a clean area, it'll be OK.
2) Use a spray bottle, the water will remove the husks and won't close the traps.

Yes the sarracenias look really light-starved. The nep will take some time to acclimatize, even several months. Mist it with water for time to time. Cutting the black ends of the leaves wasn't necessary, I guess these were old, undeveloped pitchers.
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By Xterms
Posts:  166
Joined:  Thu May 20, 2010 1:15 pm
#60290
Thank you very much indeed!

How can I be sure about the care of the Nep.? When can its species be identified? How should I give care for him until someone can tell its species?
Oh, and what is mist, please? :D I don't know what it means in plant growing (please forgive this to a foreigner ;) ).
By moof
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Joined:  Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:54 am
#60328
You should spray it with water from time to time, I guess that's a N. x 'Ventrata'. This plant is really easy
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By Xterms
Posts:  166
Joined:  Thu May 20, 2010 1:15 pm
#60345
moof wrote:You should spray it with water from time to time, I guess that's a N. x 'Ventrata'. This plant is really easy
Thank you master, thank you, thank YOU! :D
One more question please: how often should I mist him? And I lied, because I have another one :D : do I have to water him beside misting?
By dionaea muscipula
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Joined:  Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:13 am
#60513
well sine we don't really know what nepenthes it is, i can't give you specific instructions on growing it, wait for it to grow pitchers then we can give you specific instructions on growing it, what i can share with you is, if its a highland nepenthes day temperatures should be between 85F(about 28C) and 65F(about 20C), night temps, should drop below 65F. highlanders really don't need much humidity.


Lowland nepenthes are a bit more tricky, day temps should be between 90F(about 31C) and 70F, night temperatures should not drop below 65F. they love high humidity, and many species should make a good terrarium plants. nepenthes don't like to be sitting in water, make sure their soil is moist, but not wet nor dry.
By moof
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Joined:  Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:54 am
#60565
dionaea muscipula gave you very good info. So you have to give it "basic" nep conditions as we're not 100% sure what plant is that. I guess it's an x 'Ventrata' by the shape of the leaves and because these are the most common neps, but without pitchers I can be wrong. Misting 1-2 times a day will be OK. As d.m. wrote, keep the soil moist, not wet.
By Xterms
Posts:  166
Joined:  Thu May 20, 2010 1:15 pm
#60620
Thank you, Gentlemen, I'm incredibly grateful!
I just worry about not giving him the proper conditions since we don't even know what conditions we are talking about. :) But you're certainly right and gave me very useful advices…God sent you, gentlemen! :D

Oh, and the black peaks: I cut them off because of hearing that they're more susceptible to fungal infections and molding.
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