hi, can you help me with mine? the two i have from MT kuching and penang remain pitcherless. Ive noticed that the black is under some shade... is it? and the red is in full sun? Mine are under filtered sun around 4-5 hrs a day. lots of water around 4 times a day overhead mist.
I don't have the best conditions for albomarginata: too wet and a little too cool. The plant pictured above is under 40% shade but that is just a compromise to best suit the majority of my plants. I think they like to be well drained and dry out a bit between waterings?
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Sorry, We were not around computers for the weekend. We grow our albos dry-ish at the roots but with very high humidity. They do get misted frequently, along with nearly everything else, but not enough to wet the growing medium. While there are higher altitude forms, we find they do their best with hot, bright conditions: our summer days are low 90's, with nights around 76-80. They pitcher year round for us, but grow faster during the long hot days of summer. We grow the larger plants in clay pots to ensure they dry out faster, but the little stuff like new arrivals from MT are in plastic. Give them time to establish before worrying about no pitchers. Cindy, the EP black-purple clone is well worth it and should thrive for you- we find it to be a very easy and fast grower, and quite striking with its starched white collar. We're always looking for interesting colors on albos, and would love to find a black one like pictured in Nepenthes of Borneo. Those solid black forms are lowland and found in Sarawak. Be on the lookout, Robert, if you should read this post!
Thanks for the info on the black albo, sunbelle. I am currently waiting for Geoff's reply if the plants for sale are lower or upper vine cuttings. I received an albo 'rubra' cutting and it was an upper. Personally, I like lowers more 'cos I get both types of pitchers in a plant. For a upper cutting, it will always and only upper pitchers.
My typical albo is more than 4-ft long and I am hoping it will flower soon. I keep it at a corner at my balcony and only water it when the pot is nearly dry...that's because it is so high up on the rack that I forget to water it most of the times...but given our climate here, I think most albos will do well.
Cindy, The uppers on the EP black-purple are deep in color too, although not as dark as the lowers. Most cuttings will result in uppers, even if from further down the vine. It is also harder to strike cuttings from the lower part of the vine, and tip cuttings are actually superior because they grow quicker. Albos do grow into long vines, but be patient and you will see a ground shoot eventually.
I have albo Kuching spotted from MT. I must say albos are really goodlooking plants once u get to know them. Does anyone know whether MT kuching spotted is different clone from EP's black albo coz my albo pitchers are greenish-grey?
"One great, wild, untidy, luxuriant hothouse, made by nature for herself" --- Charles Darwin, describing the Borneon jungle
MT's 'black' (it's not) or 'purple-gray' albo is really just an extreme spotted form. When young and under certain conditions this becomes obvious. Rainforest's picture above shows the spotting that is typical of this form. Mature lowers and uppers become so heavily spotted that the pitchers become uniformly 'black' or 'purple-gray'. I don't know if EP's is the same but I suspect it is.
cindy ..... don't be upset if you 'black' albo looks spotted as it should eventually become more uniform in color as it matures.
Hi Everyone, EP's blackish grey-purple clone, as pictured by Michael at the top of this thread, is not the same as MT's Kuching clone. Geoff has had his plant for many years, predating the MT clone. Also, the pitchers are slightly different in coloration. Robert, That's a real beauty, and shows more of the dark purple than the MT clone, but still not the black form. The black albomarginata is a nearly solid charcoal black.
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