You tryin to make me jealous ? I've been wanting an ampullaria... any ampullaria for a long time, but few people carry this species for some reason.
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Post by Rainforest Carnivores on Aug 13, 2005 22:54:59 GMT 7
Nepenthes is a strange plant item. I notice that plants are available in a good supply and varieties, then all of a sudden its impossible to get. When I first decided to grow nepenthes, I believed as everyone in the tropics that I could only get warm growing species. So since I could not grow any of the fascinating N. lowiis, macrophyllas, or even red ventricosa, I decided to just go for broke on the things like ampullaria, rafflesiana (I'll take some photos of some outstanding clones later), bicalcarata, truncatas, etc. So my original collection started with these since I was brainwashed by everyone else that the other things could not grow here. So my N. amp collection was started as my main interest in nepenthes. I really went overboard getting as many varieties as possible. Its funny how even though other so called "experts" said I could only grow N. ampullarias in our climate, they also said that the fancy colored forms don't color up well or even grow at all, in our hot climate. The people I purchased these from all told me how lucky I was to live in Hawaii and urged me to get some of the red clones and fancy clones. I was a bit skeptical especially since some of the clones cost as much as $300! But again since I couldn't grow some of my favorites, I said, I can at least try to even though they'd be smaller or not develop properly. Well once again these so called "plant experts" was proiven wrong and very wrong at that. Not only do ALL of the N. amp clones grow, but they have become large plants and many have produced some of the nicest pitchers seen on any in my collection. I don't plan on making cuttings until they have bloomed so don't ask. One of my long range goal is to produce N. ampullaria hybrids between the various forms and locality varieties. Imagine crossing a Williams Red with a red form with a green striped lip or one with extra fringed wings, or one with a winged tendril. The color possibilities are endless.
I am also informed by a few others that plants in vitro are exemp from CITES and I would be able to ship them anywhere in the world! I'll begin anew topic with this and see if anyone knowsfor sure.
But meanwhile, I am still collecting all the various forms of these jewels. I have some plants over three feet now.
I will post more pitcher pictures as they make newer or better colored examples of them.
Please add your photos to this loop! I'm curious to see what you have too! Even some green colored forms are interesting! I have made some interesting discoveries even looking at the common green or speckled forms.
Michael, I wonder who told you that ampullarias don't like a hot tropical climate? Doesn't make sense to me. Since you've mentioned that you are waiting for the next pitcher to open to have a perfect looking one... Don't they last long for you? For me amp has the longest lasting pitchers in the genus. Or maybe its a combination of growth speed and long lasting that makes them have a lot of undamaged (lids!) pitchers. Are you growing all your amps shady? Judging by the leaf size - they look like.
If you have a lab and you are selling plants in a sterile agar-based medium in a closed flask then you are excempted from CITES. But once the plant leaves the flask it is over - no more excemptions.
How about the winged tendrils? Did you see something like that, or are you thinking of a cross with a Sandakan-rafflesiana?
Post by Rainforest Carnivores on Aug 14, 2005 12:05:48 GMT 7
I grow my red and colored forms in shade. They receive about two hours of direct sun each day about early afternoon, then shaded from the heat of the day. They are grown in large pots that never dry out. I am starting to use the mesh pots more on my amps. But had some with basal pitchers forming right through the small fine screen-holes on the sides. I usually try to knock these off and encourage them to grow from the soil surface since the sides are usually blind albinos that can't get any light at all!
The winged form is a true winged form like N. mirabilis and rafflesiana. there is a winged form as well. Its a shy pitchering plant though and had the wings just twice since I had it about two years. Perhaps it needs more light or something. I have about fifty two different kinds of N. amps, not incliuding the various red, or clones of speckled and green from BE. I have a few forms that has never formed pitchers in my time owning it.
But hopefully I'll start getting male and female plants and hope to cross pollinate the various forms of this species. Because one can never have too many N. ampullarias!
Because one can never have too many N. ampullarias!
I visited an acquaintance today and got to ogle at his small roof garden, in which he grows no less than TWENTY-FOUR clones of various red ampullarias, two of which he's tastefully arranged on a small island in his lily pond, together with a few psittacinas and other sarras.
All without ANY shade, of course.
OT: Said roof garden also sports a bunch of small trees that are home to a pair of large, green chameleons that have the run of the roof. We spent the better part of two hours watching the "change-color dragons" (the Chinese word for them) softly sneak about while tongueing tons of flies...
Your first picture, is a cantley's red you said. It's look like a Giant form too, cos the peristome is multi-coloured. As i can say is that Cantley's red is a unique clone. And the peristome has just a single red colour, but not different. You're may be lucky ! , a new form ?! Lucky too with your Hot lips !!!!! Grrr, hope i'll have one someday !
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.
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vidyut: Photobucket has ruined this place and many other forum archives with years and years of photos worth referencing now blurred. Priceless information hostage to services once free, begging for adoption, arbitrarily monetized.
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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