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« on: September 08, 2010, 19:50:25 »

Does anyone grow Pitcarnias, I notice the leaves are rather tender, anyone aware of any special care or requirements for this species?
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2010, 21:24:53 »

I grow most of mine in full sun sitting in a dish of water when it is warm/hot.  Some might like a little filtered light, but if I get get stuff to live in full sun that is where they are going.  I think the water is the most important part about them.
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2010, 11:42:52 »

Thanks for the tips sdandy, Pitcarnias are new to me, I have a few hundred I've seed grown, the seedlings of these species seem tender. I'm growing P, flammea and P, imbricata. I will keep them well watered and carefully observe them as they progress.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2010, 21:50:24 »

Hi Rick,

I agree with Andy, these plants do like moist soil. I've grown flammea & xanthocalyx. Both were tough plants, they put up with being moved around, & were OK during our winter. I found they really respond well to feeding...and quite heavy feeding, as you would for veges  Grin

The flammea are great plants, their flower spike is a real show piece when it is produced. Just watch out for slugs, and snails...they seem to love the leaves, & will chew them right up  Angry

Cheers, Andrew.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2010, 22:29:21 »

Thanks for adding more useful info Andrew. One more questiom, how are Pitcarneas for offseting ramets, do they have a low or high count? Will keep them in a snail free zone. I look forward to seeing the P. flammea blooming.
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2010, 10:32:13 »

I grow smithiorum & burle-marxii both were not looking healthy (half dead) until I placed a saucer of water under the pot. The smithiorum in particular responded with lots of new growth. Sun does not appear to be an issue more the need to be kept moist.
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