Native Exotics News, Inventory Update and Exotica Plants Coming Soon!
Native Exotics News
Well spring is here! For all of us who have had to deal with the cold weather, we now have a reprieve. We can now resume what we love, that is, grow plants!
Here at Native Exotics we have been propagating all winter and importing plants from all over the world to bring you a wide selection of carnivorous plants to add to your collection. Here are a few of the upcoming opportunities:
- Over 1,000 Nepenthes from Borneo Exotics will be arriving the week of April 10th. It will be a potting extravaganza and we will post pictures of the process and keep everyone updated on their release. We will likely offer a early release and reservation option for the plants as well.
- We will receive both the Exotica Plants group order around the first week of May, as well as a large order of plants we will be offering you on our website! There will be a large selection of Nepenthes truncata of different seed grown batches likely in June, as well as many other plants.
- Our staff has been working hard at bringing new items out of our lab.
- Nepenthes argentii, Nepenthes veitchii (Maliau Basin form), N. jamban, N. ramispina, N. bellii, N. pitopangii, N. villosa, N. ‘new species’, N. chaniana and many more.
- At the end of this month (April) we will be having a large inventory update. There will be many one offs and some new items as well. This will be exciting!
- We will be placing a large order with Andreas Wistuba in June or Jully with many Heliaphora and Nepenthes. These will be available on our website in the fall of 2017.
Stay tuned and feel free to send us any questions or requests to [email protected]
Nepenthes villosa – Toothy Beauty – Cultivation
Nepenthes villosa is one of the more coveted species of tropical pitcher plants. This coveted plant is native to the highland mountain regions of Mount Kinabalu and Mount Tambuyukon in Sabah, Borneo. Found at approximately 2,300-3,200 meters in elevation it requires cool nights to do well! We have found that they appreciate a night temperature of 50° Fahrenheit. During the day temperatures never exceed 78° Fahrenheit. Furthermore, N. villosa requires a relative humidity above 75% at all times.
Due to the high elevation, growers find it difficult to replicate the growing conditions. Here is a great link to an article written by Jeff Shafer in the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter in 2003. This is a technique we also have used and modified here at the nursery with great success! It allows the grower to control the temperatures with ease and it’s inexpensive! We recommend you check out your local Craigslist for a used chest freezer. Let us know if you have any questions feel free to send them to [email protected].
Carnivorous Pitcher Plant Hybrid – Exotica Plants
This is a Nepenthes veitchii x burbidgeae, it is a carnivorous pitcher plant hybrid bred by Exotica Plants in Australia. While this plant won’t be for sale this weekend, we will have new items on our website for Saturday January 14th at 7pm EDT. We will also have nice plants available on eBay for Sunday January 15th at 9pm EDT.
I like this green form of Nepenthes ‘Caesarion’ (N. (merrilliana x truncata) x veitchii) it’s an easy grower under intermediate to lowland conditions. We’ve even been relatively successful growing this grex under highland conditions as well.
Here is an update on the seed grown Nepenthes ‘new species’ from Doorman’s Top in Papua New Guinea. This species likes it very cool at night–about 49 degrees Fahrenheit, and days in the low to mid 70’s. We will have these for sale hopefully by the fall of 2017.
Some fun and rare Nepenthes will be available from our website in the next month! Lots of surprises!
Some dimorphism in Nepenthes! This just means occurring in two forms and in regards to Nepenthes (tropical insect eating plant) it refers to the differing shapes and size as well as prey “audience” between lower pitchers (traps) and that of the upper pitchers. The first picture on the left is the lower trap while the second on the right is the intermediate/upper pitcher. The argument can certainly be made that Nepenthes can be in most cases trimorphic having relatively distinct differences in three types of pitchers (lower,intermediate and upper traps) as is shown in the photo on the right, this trap still has vestiges of “wings” down its “chest” making it not quite a true upper but sort of in limbo between intermediate and upper pitcher morphology.
Thank you all for a wonderful 2016 year!
Below is a fantastic hybrid, Nepenthes hamata x veitchii, a seed grown carnivorous pitcher plant:
Here’s an update on the terrarium we put together a few months back. Things settling in, temperatures are about 70 F most of the time and dropping maybe 5 degrees at night. The relative humidity fluctuates from 50% to 85%. I enjoy the juxtaposition of winter in the background to the mini tropical paradise under glass.
We look forward to an exciting 2017 with new plants and adventures in the greenhouse.
An insect eating (carnivorous) pitcher plant, Nepenthes ampullaria x (spathulata x gymnamphora) is growing on our windowsill in upstate New York with no special treatment now for about a month. Temperatures during the day are about 70 F and nights in the low 60’s. The relative humidity fluctuates but is typically around 50%. We make sure the media doesn’t dry out and it gets bright light from an east facing window, and the occasional misting.
Make sure to use distilled water or rain water! Happy Holidays and happy growing everyone!