Post by Rainforest Carnivores on Sept 16, 2006 12:40:30 GMT 7
After growing several N. bicals and their hybrids, I have noticed a few tricks and things regarding their growth pattern and habits.
Pure N. bicals are initially temperamental then become giant weeds later in life. Although initially they are soft leafed, they soon get leathery hard and produce pitchers better in full to nearly direct sunlight. Plant growth is more sturdy and the plant begins to make basals quickly. this basal production is significant because N. bicals enter the vining stage early on and before you know it, they lose their nice orange, red or mottled pitchers and become green ones.
I have also seen hybrids with bicals in it grow similarly and many hybrids with bicals tend to make basals early and easily. A favorite is N. bical red x (spect x north) with its big pitchers with great coloring from the spect x north parent. Don't underestimate this hybrid, as it starts out small early on then becomes a grand plant with a grand spread.
One important consideration is that bicals love water. they need it almost constantky and this may a significant reason why this plant may not do well for you. Humidity, free water in roots, on leaves and on surrounding surfaces all add in keeping this plant majestic and beautiful!
They also grow into their containers better than almost any other species and can grow well in the same media for years. Even when the media breaks down to jello!
But a more porous well draining media is better if possible! I do have some giants in pots that sit in water everytime the irrigation goes on.
Post by Rainforest Carnivores on Sept 18, 2006 12:19:37 GMT 7
Matti, what size pot is it in? Maybe you need a larger pot, more sun and ample heat!
I am overlooking a mass group of my bical hybrids, many of which need to be repotted again soon. My favorite being bical red x (spect x northiana) with its multi bearing pups, colorful pitchers and a good grower. I would cross them with each other and also add species such as N. thorelii, thorelii x (spect x north), Rokko Exotica, and thorelii x TM!
Matti, The big pitchers come with constant, relentless high humidity. Bicals do their best in conditions most humans would find uncomfortable. Our bicals stay in the greenhouse year 'round, and as long as the right conditions are maintained, they are no problem. Like M said, once established they are fast growers and start vining rapidly.
Yeah, just wanted to get everyone's take on acclimatising them? michael seems to be able to do it.I used to keep my plant in a tank with a fogger but the pitchers never got any bigger, just the leaves!
Post by JB_orchidguy on Sept 20, 2006 12:12:24 GMT 7
M since you say you grow alot of Bical hybreds, are there many that have the fnags like the Bical species does? Thats my favorite trate of the bical. I have heard if it being passed on in some hybreds, but not all. Have you got any pictures of your favorite Bical hybred you could share. Possibley of some of the other bical hybreds you have too?
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Well now, I've seen some raff x bicals with very prominent "fangs" though not quite like the true bical.
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In primary hybrids, the fangs are reduced to nub like structures. We have yet to see true fangs on any primary hybrid. The bical x raff has a prominent "structure" under the lid as Lol said. Looks more like a "claw" than "fangs". Matti, M lives in Hawaii, and Honolulu is a tropical lowland environment, so bicalcarata as a garden plant is not a stretch. We've found three factors cause undersized pitchers on bicals-low humidity is first and foremost, followed by low temperatures and then too much shade will result in large leaves and small pitchers. Once you find the right micro climate, it should be no problem for you.
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