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Nepenthes truncata (highland form)
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Nepenthes maxima $36.00

Medium plants with a leafspan of 4-8 inches. Most with nice 4 or 5 inch pitchers. Nepenthes maxima is native to Sulawesi. Sometimes listed as a lowland Nepenthes we have grown this for years as a highland and it has flourished. Until recently this plant was sold as N. eymae. Borneo Exotics now has re-listed this as "actually the most spectacular form of Nepenthes maxima we have seen". This is reported to be a slow grower, but our established plants have been moderately fast. This species is exceptionally attractive, with the lower pitchers richly colored with dark purple to nearly black wide peristomes. They have a characteristic spur beneath the lid. The upper pitchers are very different than the lower, being uniquely funnel shaped. Be sure to take a look at the picture of a large specimen of N. maxima in our picture gallery. Your Nepenthes maxima will be shipped bare-root, with damp Sphagnum moss to protect the roots.

Cultivation

As is true of other highland Nepenthes species, N. maxima prefers a well-drained media, which usually includes a generous portion of long-fiber Sphagnum moss. Other soil ingredients may include peat moss, washed sand, horticultural charcoal or large perlite, orchid bark and Osmunda fiber. Water as the surface of the soil just begins to get dry. Never let it sit in water. Highland Nepenthes require cool nights to grow well and form pitchers. They like to be kept humid. In general, night temperatures should drop below 60F nightly. Given cool nights, warm days well into the 80s or 90s are tolerated.

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 08 June, 2010.
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