I received this N. villosa back in May of 2008 from CZ Plants out of the Czech Republic. I potted it up into a 5" plastic pot.
Here is a pic of the five gallon terrarium this villosa shares with a couple of room mates, from left to right: N. macrophylla, N. villosa and N. rajah.
One of the room mates moved out for need of bigger digs. So now the roomies are from left to right: N. macrophylla, N.villosa and a newer but smaller N. villosa from BE. This newer villosa is very similar in size to the villosa sitting next to it, when I first received it back in May of 2008.
This villosa is currently just over five and a half inches in diameter from leaf tip to leaf tip, and the new leaf is still growing. I'm hoping that by spring this plant will be seven or eight inches in diameter. Wish me luck.
Post by rainforest on Mar 30, 2010 12:17:23 GMT -10
One of the interesting points I have seen is that many growers are willing to give their plants coffee but reluctant to use real fertilizer on them. I somehow believe if they did fertilize and saw results on their plants, they may be reluctant to use coffee and vice verse for those who use coffee and never plant ferts. A test (contest in a way) should be the best to judge to see how each responds and what are the results. DVG, I would not use test villosas and macros, but since you have already done so, your results are promising. One question enters my mind: Have you ever used soluble plant fertilizers?
I am also wondering if coffee works the same way as a product called "Superthrive" works on pants. Like a hormone rather than a nutrient. It is known that coconut embryo water also stimulates plant growth in the lab for plants in vitro. Perhaps the coffee works in a similar way. More so like a root or growth stimulator and not really a plant food source. In these tests we should also combine the effects of a fertilizer AND coffee to see if the results are even better over coffee and fertilizer alone. There are many possibilities of testing this and the endorsement or abstinence of using coffee may also be determined from test results.