The adult pitchers produce copious amounts of a white cheesey, rather foul smelling substance between the long lid hairs which may act as a guard to prevent its easy removal. Ron Determann (Atlanta Botanic Garden) suggested the pitchers are designed as a water trap. The lowers have the lid hairs overhanging the mouth and condensation from clouds probably collects and drips into the pitcher. The uppers are open rain collecting funnels with a narrow waist to reduce evaporation
i also found this i hope its not true michael?
Fertilizer: Don't. My original plant aborted all its roots after fertilizing with Peter's 20-20-20 1 tbls./2 gal. It took several months to recover and is occasionaly fed insects now.
The plants wouldn't make so much nectar if it was just a water trap. I subscribe to the bird dropping theory.
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Post by Rainforest Carnivores on Jan 28, 2006 14:29:35 GMT 7
Gong Xi Fa Chiax/Kung Hee Fat Choy!
First of all, let me say that for a plant that is completely used to getting "SH*TTED" on by birds of the concentrated stuff, having a DILUTED fertilizer mixed with lots of water would seem like nothing to burn. Anyone noting N. lowii foliage will quickly comment on how rigid/leathery the entire plant (including pitchers) are. Perhaps this person fertilizing them adds the fertilizer to the pitchers and that is why he losses all of his pitchers.
I can't understand how mines flourish from fertilizing as someone else gets his to die doing the same thing. But feeding insects to an otherwise non-carnivorous species does wonders!
I am also told that this frothy-"cheesy" stuff does not have a foul smell, but somewhat like lemony sherbert fragrance. Just because it utilizes bird droppings doesn't make them produce smells that mimic them. It makes sense to produce a favorable exudate to attract something that utilizes it for something the plant gets back in return. Perhaps a new lemony Ex-Lax? ( Soon to be in stores near you! ) Besides Mother Nature can't be wrong!
Post by Rainforest Carnivores on Jan 31, 2006 5:55:27 GMT 7
Here is a photo from EP of their N. lowii showing the white exudate. They say it smells like lemon sherbert or maybe lemon meringue pie! No foul smelling odor on this. Besides all my other lids that have oozed nectar has always been sweet and flowery-fruity (N. talangensis), and have not experienced anything with a strange odor except for the flowers themwelves!
Post by Rainforest Carnivores on Jan 31, 2006 9:57:33 GMT 7
Unfortunately, my lowii's are mostly lowers and some intermediate pitchers. They do form the exudate, but not in any sufficient quantity to scrape and taste. My lowii x truncata and lowii x ventricosa do make these exudates, but again not so large a supply. It may be due to my low humidity or plants outside in full sun.
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
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borneo: Yes, they work superbly. But you don't need expensive lights, cheap ones work well too.
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lance: Everyone left the forums and moved to facebook groups.
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mylesg: yes, facebook groups will never have same feel as this place once did
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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
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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!
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