6-2010 Greenhouse Video Tour Hey guys I thought some of you might like to see a new greenhouse video tour. I just took this the other day and uploaded to youtube. I never like the sound of my own voice over video but I hope you can handle it lol.
I had to edit it a little to keep it under 10min so I hope it is not to choppy. The video was taken with my iPhone so it is not the greatest quality.
Post by rainforest on Jun 19, 2010 10:47:13 GMT -10
Very nice (Lots of space, I'm jealous)! VFT, sundews are growing excellent! Don't change anything. But just one small criticism you could be getting more lush growth from your nepenthes if you fertilized them more (at all). Too few leaves and in all that space, they should be climbing everywhere in heavy growths. You have excellent light, air circulation, water temp and all the right factors for a happy healthy nepenthes. But nutritionally, it is lacking in some basic elemental and basic nutritive food source. Not sure if you have a misting system or hand watering foliages and roots, but drip irrigation only waters a portion of what needs to be watered. They water consistently but mainly in a specific targeted area for as long as the system allows it to. N. ventricosa are heavy feeders and if they had more fertilizers they can endure (and want) more sunlight/exposure. But we hope that one day we'll see all the benches full with many pitchers hanging on the floor and well above eye level.
Thanks for posting an amazing video from an iPhone. Are you getting the new one to be out very soon?
Michael I was thinking that myself, I had never been to concerned about fertilizing in my old greenhouse because I did not have space for bigger plants now with all the extra space I don't mind if they go to town. I just got a gallon of some seaweed extract I think it was the Growmore brand but I will have to check. So I will start that at one a month see what happens.
Yeah I love my iPhone, I have had one since they came out, it was my first cell phone and I don't know what I would do without it now. I will definitely be getting the new one asap.
Post by rainforest on Jun 21, 2010 7:38:50 GMT -10
Jeremiah, You assume you have lots of room. Begin your fertilizing regime and stand back. Perhaps you should take the small sundews, cephs, vft to the older greenhouse so they have a chance to get light and space to grow.
You may need to change your media before you begin your fertilizing quest. LFS is not a good choice for media when fertilizing. Peat is also not good. Try a coarser mix with lots of drainage material added. Pumice, perlite, fine to medium bark, etc. Use a mix that is economical and functional for you.
Post by rainforest on Jun 21, 2010 11:50:26 GMT -10
N. rajahs with regular fertilizings will outsize those in the wild. Large leaf span diameters and even larger pitchers. Perhaps a table just for them.
Small clambering species such as N.hamata will climb over other compact species such as giant veitchiis o get more light. Competition with other large vining species such as aristolochioides will be visible from the root top. yeah, fertilizing nepenthes is pretty impressive making in the works! M
lol well Michael I'm not sure I believe you on that one, you might be right because with a turn of a nob I can adjust anything in my greenhouse so in theory I should be able to create the "Perfect" environment free of all pest, disease, and competition.
Here is the largest pitcher I have had on my rajah without fertilizing.
Up until Noa_F I had never seen any really even close.
Here is what an average plant looked like it the wild, I'm 6'3"
Maybe there are some bigger then that in cultivation but I sure have not seem them.