We went to two sites in Sarawak where N. bical grew. The first was in a lowland forest and the tree cover was more dense as a result far less light filtered through. The leaf litter seemed more wet/ damp and not a single plant was vining nor producing aerial pitchers. Though the pitchers at that site were rather dark in colouration, and so were the ampullaria population. At both sites, ampullaria & rafflesiana grew sympatrically with bical, and hybrids between amp and raff were observed, but none involving bical.
At the second site (where this iphone video was taken - excuse the shaky hand), more light was filtering in, the forest was what they call "semi shade" in gardening terms, the leaf litter dryer and more crunchy as you may have noticed in the video.
The one thing that's definitely noticeable about neps in the wild, something you don't realise if your experience of Nepenthes is limited to cultivation, is that they rarely form pitchers on every tendril. Often the leaves are torn, chewed by some insects or looking afflicted with some spotting/discolouration, and you're lucky to see one/two nice pitchers per plant. N. bical was definitely the exception, every leaf had an accompanying pitcher. Also there were few if any half rotten N. bical pitchers that I managed to notice. Either they were totally rotten or still alive and very woody and long lasting in both cases, probably the woodiest pitcher producing lowlander species in the genus.
ask not what your nepenthes can do for you..... ask what you can do for your nepenthes.
plantguyty1: I'm looking for pollen.
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plantguyty1: Does anybody need pollen? I have N. Miranda it's the first time it flowered for me so I do not know if its sterile or a good candidate. Is there anybody with an active female that would like to give my pollen a shot?
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siravi: im looking for seeds, anyone?
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samu0945: I'm looking for N. Aristolochioides
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thatoneplantboi: Hey guys, I'm new to growing nepenthes, I'm getting a mini indoor greenhouse to grow them in. What kind of light should I use for them? Also, if you could provide a link to a product, it would be very much appreciated
Oct 5, 2017 10:16:29 GMT 7
borneo: Yes, they work superbly. But you don't need expensive lights, cheap ones work well too.
Sept 2, 2018 14:34:57 GMT 7
mylesg: i havent checked in here for a while, why does it seem all the CP forums have lost their once strong activity? the trade/sale section used to be so active and now its a ghost town. where is everybody hanging out these days for a strong online CP community?
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mylesg: Happy holidays to everyone out there!
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