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07 March 2012 @ 09:22 pm
Hamata and Mass Effect 3  
I got my N. hamata in the mail today! I was so excited and anxious to get it. I started playing Mass Effect 3 yesterday but today I couldn't concentrate on it. I just wanted to look out the window and wait for my package to arrive. Once it did I was very happy to find it came potted when on the website it had said it was bare root. So that's awesome! It's tiny though. Must be fresh out of tissue culture because it's less than an inch long. Here's a pic.

My first Nepenthes hamata

Other than the cute hairs on the lid I know it doesn't look like much. But this is one of the rare sought after toothed nepenthes. It's teeth are too small to really tell but here's a pic of what this monster will become at full size.

Nepenthes hamata

A plant full of pitchers now

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It is difficult to care for though. I brought out my little fridge and will have to put it in there every night. I have it set on the lowest setting and it reaches 45 degrees. That's colder than I'd like it to be. I'd like to to go no less than 50 and 55 would be ideal but I can't get it that high without shutting it off. But I think it will be ok. I hear once they get about 6 inches across they aren't as sensitive.

So I started Mass Effect 3 yesterday. I have perfected Owen's look and am loving playing him again. I'm still not totally into the game but I think I'll get the feel back for it. Very few complaints. I can only think of two at the moment. If you carry a full set of guns the recharage on your fireball is majorly slowed down. That just totally sucks. The other thing is you can't put your weapon away. You could in the previous one, but it's annoying your gun is always out. You can't holster it. I hope enough people complain about that that they patch it. Other than that I'm liking it. I was able to get my white armor back fairly early in the game to complete his look, though not soon enough. I got spoiled in part 2 that basically the first mission you can customize your suit. I'll take pics eventually.

I love my new plant. I can't wait for it to grow up.
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Kyencekyence on March 8th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
The plant looks so cute when it's so tiny...and so big and mean when it's fully grown! I love it!

Des: Nepenthes merrillianathagirion on March 8th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It is really cute right now. But I'm very much looking forward to it turning into a cool monster.
The Silver Wolf of Darknesssilvolf on March 9th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
The toothed nepenthes is cool looking and rather dangerous looking as well. I love the first one, it's so small and cute!
It's good that Mass Effect 3 has more pros than cons. I hate when a new game comes out I've been waiting for and it sucks lol!
Des: Nepenthes bicalcaratathagirion on March 9th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, hamatas are some of the most awesome plants in the whole plant kingdom. Thanks, glad you like that one since that's my baby plant.
Yes, I'm glad I have so little to complain about, unlike Saints Row 3. What a let down that was.
earthmother45earthmother45 on March 14th, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
Wow! Your new N. hamata is really neat looking. The whole picture you took of it, with all it's surrounding greenery, etc., is a just beautiful! It looks right at home there. I see another little one there in the background on the right, too. I can't wait to see the progress of this one.

That's a good idea to put it in the fridge at night. Not many people would go to all that trouble to care for their plants. You are so dedicated to what you love.
Des: Nepenthes lowiithagirion on March 14th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I love this plant. It's the special baby of the collection but it's also the one causing me the most stress. I have to turn on the humidifer several times a day to not let the humidity drop below 70% in its tank. The fridge thing is rather annoying but having one of these in Florida without a proper cold cabient is the only way I can think of so far in my budget. I really can't wait for it to get big so it won't be so fragile. I hope it's a fast grower. I'll have to take a pic of the fridge.
Cheezey: Evil Giant Pumpkincheezey on March 15th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
The small pitchers in that first picture look like little creatures rearing up with their mouths open saying, "Feed me!" The teeth on the one in the second picture are really cool. I can see why you like those plants!

It strikes me as funny how you have to put your plants somewhere cold to get them to grow right, where up here in the mountains I'm always scrambling to keep my plants warm unless it's somewhere between June and September. 50-55 is a difficult temperature, though. Would a cooler with some gel ice packs work better for that? I never measured, but it sees that a cooler would stay warmer than a refrigerator. Or do they need light while you're cooling them?

Edited at 2012-03-15 08:48 pm (UTC)
Des: Nepenthes lowiithagirion on March 16th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
The first pic is of my plant as a one inch baby. So yeah in away they are like baby birds asking to be fed hehe. The other pics are what it will look like as an adult. I can't wait. I'm very impatient. Someone made an awesome chart showing all the nepenthes species, their altitudes and their temps for day and night.
http://www.michaelkevinsmith.com/nepenthaceae/Nepenthes-Altitudinal-Distribution-Temperature-Chart.html

Hamata is a highland plant. Yeah so about 50 at night which is a bit hard for a fridge. I measured mine and it's at 47. Luckily there are only very few ultra highlands I would want that would do well in a fridge in the 40's. Since those are night temps no they don't need light. I tried the cooler thing for a while. It's actually harder because you have to make ice and dump the water in the morning. I even tried a frozen half gallon of milk but remembering to make it every morning was a pain so I got the little fridge instead. I really would love to get a floral refigerator. A two glass door fridge. That would solve a lot of problems for the night temp drops of highlands and ultra highlands.