Re: N. merrilliana

From: Richard Brown (
Date: Fri Feb 19 1999 - 18:44:14 PST

Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 21:44:14 -0500
From: "Richard Brown" <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg507$foo@default>
Subject: Re: N. merrilliana

>To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>Subject: CP digest 1728
>Date: Fri, Feb 19, 1999, 2:39 PM

> Perhaps your light levels are too low for pitcher formation. If you
> are using artificial lighting, perhaps there is some frequency missing that
> the leaves need for pitcher formation.

All of my Nepenthes are grown under lathe house conditions. I use 70 percent
shade shadecloth during the summer, and plastic+60 percent shadecloth in the
winter. N. mirabilis, N. cantleyi (natural hybrid of gracilis x bicalcarata)
and several manmade hybrids grow side by side with my N. merrilliana, and
they all have nice pitchers.

Obviously something is lacking in its artificial environment. I still
suspect something in the growing medium. I await any further comments.

Trent Meeks
Pompano Beach, Florida

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