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02 November 2012 @ 09:43 pm
Nepenthes!  
Ooooh, I'm starting to get excited about nepenthes again. I'm starting to notice a pattern now that this has been my second year in this hobby. I get excited about them at the start of the year, by summer I'm sick of them and my obession turns to cucurbits. Then once cucurbit season is over my love for neps slowly returns and grows until it peaks again in the winter. I'm definitely feeling it and have started looking again through the websites to see what's for sale. I might be getting another hamata since I found the best priced one I have ever seen. But I'm waiting to hear back from the guy because the shipping was too much...or is that the catch? Priority mail on a smal box shouldn't be more than $7 not $11.

I mostly worked with my plants today. I watered EVERYTHING. I got the ones that were in the garage out and put them outside. I think they'll be ok with temps in the upper 50's and it should climb into the 60's by tomorrow night. But gosh I was so tired after doing that. That wasn't even the main goal. The main goal was to repot some of them but I was too pooped. I inked a little bit then ended up playing Assassin's Creed the rest of the day. I have two plants that are pretty huge. Check out my largest one pouring out of the sink.



The middle part had dead leaves which I cut off and cleaned up. This plant is huge like over three feet long.





Then there's this one. This is an N. miranda. It has a basal growing from the center.



Here's the ventrata hanging back outside. And here's the question about it and the miranda. I'm considering chopping it up. Both have basals coming up and I'm considering having those be the main plant. I can cut back the vines and root the pieces. I could definitely use more mirandas. I have lots of ventratas and will probably give a lot of them away to friends.



This is N. ventricosa Madja-as. It's different from other ventricosas in that it has the mottling and is green.



Here you can really see the colors.



I love the simple shape of Ventricosa. They look like budgies to me.



This one being held really looks like a budgie to me.



N. bicalcarata Sarawak giant. Not so giant though as it's still a baby plant. Dracula!



A new bicalcarata pitcher waiting to open.



Different variants of N. truncata in my house under lamps. I think my truncatas are doing the best



This is my biggest truncata pitcher. It's about 4 inches. I also have a few seed grown ones that are small but growing. I can't wait for these to grow the be monsterous bottle eaters. I call them that after seeing pics of them larger than two litter bottles.

So this year I didn't lose as many plants as last year. But now I'm feeling the urge to replace the ones I lost and get some that are still on my want list. I'm definitely starting to feel the strong love for nepenthes again.

Chris has the day off tomorrow. I'm so glad. I hope we'll do something really nice. No plans yet but we'll see.
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The Silver Wolf of Darknesssilvolf on November 3rd, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
Your Nepenthes are looking good!
Des: Nepenthes bicalcaratathagirion on November 3rd, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I think this year has gone way better.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on November 3rd, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)
Your kitchen has turned into a plant nursery, lol :)

There must be something similar in the shape of budgies and the pitchers for you to like them so much.

I really like the mottling on that N. ventricosa Madja-as.

The ones under lights seem to really like their environment. The others, I guess, have to deal with the elements. They have grown very well, though. I don't know anything about them, so I don't know if you should prune or not. Instinct says to. Maybe you can find out on the net.

I love the shadow of another pitcher on your new bicalcarata pitcher waiting to open :)
Des: Phage Grabbedthagirion on November 3rd, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah it was for the time I was watering and trimming those plants.

I need to take a pic of me holding a budgie in my hand and you'll see how they look like these pitchers. It's like the little gourds. I really see it but no one else did until I painted them.

I am so glad that ventricosa is turning out so nicely.

I think they do better outside. Nothing like real sunlight. But not all of them can take the heat unfortunately. I'm worried about the big rotation I have to do this winter. Lowlanders inside, highlanders outside. I think I will cut them because I want to make new plants and the basal will become the new main plant in those pots.

Hehe you noticed that. I was trying to not get that on there but there was another baby pitcher in the way.
actipton80actipton80 on November 3rd, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
I can see the budgie shape in the one you are holding. I hold Rudy that way sometimes. The red and green spotting is pretty too.
Des: Phage Grabbedthagirion on November 3rd, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Oh good I'm glad you see it. I love holding calm budgies like this that only nibble. I can do this with Peep and Tesla. I imagine the pitcher lid like the budgie's beak.
earthmother45earthmother45 on November 3rd, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about interests peaking and then fading to the background for awhile, then something triggers and you are into it all over again. I do that all the time, too.
I love the nepenthes you gave me! Are the two I have highlanders or lowlanders? I think you said to bring them in if it gets below 50, right?

Absolutely fabulous pictures!
Des: Nepenthes merrillianathagirion on November 3rd, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you can relate.

They are highlanders so they can take the cold if it drops a little, but yes bring them inside if it gets into the 50's.

Thanks. I thought you might like the big ventrata.