James Powell (jpowell@borg.lib.vt.edu)
Thu, 19 Oct 95 10:31:35 -0400

Well, my H. ionasi is about have its first non-juvenile pitcher!
I'm so excited. It has been a very vigorous plant. All of the
juvenile pitchers have arranged themselves in a very striking
rosette, very different than the other species I grow.

My house has been invaded by large spiders this fall. I've
been capturing them for my Heliamps and the plants have
responded with larger pitchers. But is this a coincidence??
I recall reading that these plants need bacteria to assist
them in digesting insects? Is this a common bacteria? Has
it been identified, or will any bacteria do?

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