I have a post from last july about a year's growth of some Nepenthes, including a bical. Essentially, a plant that started barely larger than a 2.5" pot had a leaf span exceeding a 6" pot within a year. The average leaf size for that plant, nearly a year later, is about a foot long. Unless you have a lot of room, you won't have enough room for a bical within a couple years, at most.
I'm seeking clarification here. Here are some points I would like to bring to attention
1. You have Bicalcaratas in terrariums.
2. What are your plans for when your Bicalcaratas grow too big to fit in any of them? You said you don't have a greenhouse (but plan to get one).
You did, however, say that while you might have to weed out some of your plants, the majority would be fine. If this applies to your Bicalcarata, then no questions asked, that's all I was wondering.
"Yep. I believe this. I've seen many people start out with a couple plants they keep in a glass box with no more than a couple cubic feet of space, and before you know it, they have a plant so large they have no idea what to do with it. So these things often transition into someone else's possession, or into the trash. This is specifically why I try to discourage new growers from acquiring rare and valuable species for their first choices. Better that they spend two years growing something disposable and get a chance to see how big some of these plants really get. "
--Quote from Paul Barden.
I don't want to wait a "couple years". I KNOW how big nepenthes can grow. I have been shown it, read it, seen it in my research.
The future is uncertain. That's the best answer I can give you.
Right now, I currently have all my lowlanders in a large(ish) terrarium. Where they will go after that will depend on a number of things: 1. Am I buying a house or am I still renting? 2. If I am still renting, will I move? 3. If I don't move, will I need the space for something else?
And, I'm sure there are other possibilities that I haven't yet considered.
At some point, my lowlanders will fill out their current terrarium. Then, I will either have to choose a few to away in order to buy some more time or I will have to create a bigger set-up. If I own a house, I will likely build a greenhouse since I want one anyway. If I don't own a house, not many landlords are likely to let you build a greenhouse (and, honestly, what renter would want to?), so I'll have to consider whether I am then able and willing to create bigger set-up.
I grow bicals in a 40 gallon aquarium. Two thoughts on managing their size: 1) Limit their nutrition by feeding sparingly. This will limit their growth. 2) Pruning the plants as they get too large. This will provide material for cuttings.
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.
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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?
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lance: Everyone left the forums and moved to facebook groups.
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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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mylesg: just posted ton of new pics in my thread!
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