Hi, I agree about the foliage size... but about the pitcher size, how big do they get? sorry, I am either very ignorant, or just Asian...what is a grapefruit? And want to ask if the pitcher:leaf ratio drops dramatically as the plant grows in size. So far my bical has been gaining an inch per leaf and some millimetres in stem thickness...very quickly, but every pitcher it has been producing is hardly any bigger than the previous. The pitcher:leaf ratio dropping a lot! Not sure if I am doing something wrong or not. It had just been repotted 3months back, and needs to be repotted soon again. and just FYI, my plant is under 50% shade.
this was my plant about 6months back, leaves have since nearly doubled, pitcher size is about 0.5-1.0cm larger. thanks
Bical is not going to win the pitcher/leaf size ratio contest. As they start vining the upper traps can get significantly smaller. We find they go thru a cycle, where the largest lower pitchers are produced once the ground shoots are producing leaves greater than 35 cm. The foliage is very attractive. We had a visitor at our place last weekend who commented on how pretty the bicals were just for the foliage! A grapefruit is a citrus fruit. Very tart, but tasty! They are just slightly smaller than a soccer ball.
Okay everyone. Here is a pic from our website to see the size of the pitchers. They are the size of a grapefruit, and as I said, smaller than a soccerball. I don't know what universal item to use to compare to a grapefruit! We'll take measurements in cm. Michelle's hand is in the pic for size.
Yes these fanged beasts do get quite large. My oldest bical leaves are almost 3 feet long, but the pitchers are still quite puny in proportion.
A friend had crossed a albomarginata and a bical years ago, and what resulted were oversized albomarginata like pitchers. Only the lower pitchers showed remnants of the fangs. The uppers were devoid of the fangs, but retained the long long long leaf ... here's a pic of the hybrid:
The leaves on this baby are at least 2 feet, and if you include the tendril and pitcher, we're well over 3 feet!
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