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.
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?
Dec 9, 2018 3:15:01 GMT 7
mylesg: Happy holidays to everyone out there!
Dec 26, 2018 0:23:13 GMT 7
lance: Everyone left the forums and moved to facebook groups.
Oct 2, 2019 12:09:05 GMT 7
mylesg: yes, facebook groups will never have same feel as this place once did
Nov 3, 2019 8:34:22 GMT 7
etiennecancio: perhaps we can try to revitalize the old forums? i always found them to be much more convenient than facebook groups at least hah
Nov 4, 2019 17:01:25 GMT 7
mylesg: i refuse to abandon this place, i am posting in my grow thread with many photos and always there to answer any questions just built new grow room and tons of pitcher shots!
Nov 6, 2019 21:17:59 GMT 7
vidyut: hey mylesg. glad to hear that. Love this forum. Facebook can't organize knowledge like this. Will participate as much as I can.
Nov 25, 2019 5:37:09 GMT 7
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Nov 25, 2019 16:28:58 GMT 7
bonfield: This forum is almost at 13K total threads, I can't wait to read the topic that pushes it past the mark!
Dec 3, 2019 8:27:58 GMT 7
arvin555: I do not like FB forums because it is difficult to read back Archives. Let us keep this forum alive!
Dec 9, 2019 11:14:09 GMT 7
mylesg: just posted ton of new pics in my thread!
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