N. ephippiata Apr 23, 2007 13:17:45 GMT 7
Post by cp on Apr 23, 2007 13:17:45 GMT 7
People have been asking for more information on how I grow the N. ephippiata that I submitted in the Pitcher of the Month contest. So I thought we could start a new thread so everyone can share information on this species. So I'll start.
The N. ephippiata that I posted is a little more than 2 ft in diameter, with pitchers about 7.5 inches tall. It is a clone from Wistuba that I received perhaps 6-7 years ago. It has yet to produce upper pitchers, but I am hoping it will do that soon. I have noticed that the lid is getting larger and the hairs under the lid appear to be getting more sparse. Perhaps these are the first signs of the transition to uppers?
The plant is growing indoors on a west facing windowsill in San Francisco. It gets fairly strong sunlight in the afternoons. It is growing in a 1 gallon pot, but the medium is only about 2/3 high. So the pot is somewhat small for the size of the plant. I have considered repotting it, but didn't want to disturb what seems like a happy plant. The medium is sphagnum based with probably some peat, bark, and perlite thrown in. I water the plant (and almost all my nepenthes) just once a week. The plant sits in a tray, which contains water for the first day or two after I water it. After a couple days, the tray dries up and remains that way until I water again the following week. I use a time release fertilizer (Shulz brand with MgO). It gets seaweed fertilizer every once in a while. I water it with straight tap water. This may not work in all areas of the country/world.
The temperature range in the spring and fall, when the plant grows best, is perhaps low 60's at night and low 70's during the day. I suspect that a lower night and slightly higher day temperature would be better for the plant, but have no evidence to support this. The plant produces 1 leaf maybe every 1.5-2 months - definitely a slow grower. In the winter, the plant nearly stops growing. Winter temps range from mid 50's at night to low 60's during the day. Summer temps are probably in the mid to high 60's at night and mid to high 70's during the day. Summer growth seems a little slower than spring and fall.
I always keep the window slightly open in this room year round, so there is good air circulation. Humidity is probably around 65-75 percent most of the year. It is a little lower in the summer (maybe 60-70 percent). Since the plant is located indoors in the city, it gets very little if any live prey.
Rainforest Carnivores had asked if the pitchers are hard like N. lowii. They are hard, but I think the lowii pitchers are harder. And I agree, this would be a great plant for breeding. The trick is getting it to flower.
What experiences do others have with this species?