For 18+ months now I have been growing increasingly dissatisfied growing a monoculture of Nepenthes, as plants matured and grew unwieldy and grew far beyond their allotted space inside my modest greenhouse. This year I finally realized the solution to the problem was not going to be remedied by perpetually manicuring the plants to restrain them, but to sell off the collection to folks who had the willpower and space to better accommodate them. I’ve gradually sold off the hybrids but intended to keep all the species. I recently changed my mind and so the species plants are now also finding themselves re-homed. I may keep half a dozen of the more modest growers, but otherwise I consider my journey in growing the genus at its conclusion. After all – horticulture is not a destination, its a journey. And for me, this part of the journey has come to an end after 5+ years of growing this remarkable genus.
On that note, I am not likely going to add anything new to this blog. I may write and publish other horticulture-related material elsewhere, but I have nothing planned. Thanks for watching!
Update, Tuesday April 5:
I have distributed all of the available seeds to many of the people who expressed an interest. I apologize to those who did not get any of these seeds – there simply wasn’t enough to go around, and I felt I had to offer first to people I already have a trade relationship with. So, thanks for your interest, but this offer is now concluded.
I suddenly find myself with a considerable workload for the next 2 weeks, so I am hitting the Pause Button on this offer. I will respond to all inquiries when I can, but you may have to be patient. Nagging me repeatedly with emails will not precipitate results. Thank you.
I have collected seeds this week from two species: N. vogelii X vogelii, and N. spectabilis X spectabilis. Contact me for more information if you’re interested. I will ship only within the US, so please don’t ask about shipping out of the country. It ain’t gonna happen.
The male spectabilis used:
The female vogelii:
I’m not sure what to do with this blog now. For the past eight months I’ve gradually been selling off my Nepenthes collection – well, the hybrids mostly – and adding other plants to create some diversity in the greenhouse. A lot of old school Cattleyas have found their way to me, and a wide range of small-to-miniature orchid species of other genera are finding a home in my space as well.
The Nepenthes project, now five years long, has been a great adventure and I’ve learned a lot. But I feel it’s now time to let go of this monoculture and embrace something new; I crave color and fragrance that Nepenthes don’t offer. One of the less thrilling things I’ve learned during my time with the genus is that most of the Nepenthes mature into rank, weedy plants that tend to outgrow their space and can produce four feet of vines – or more – in a year. It quickly turns into a case of Too Much of A Good Thing.
So, I don’t know what’s left to share with you. I may retire this blog, or I may write a summary document to collate my experience and distill it into a kind of How To Grow Nepenthes resource. We shall see.
At any rate – best wishes for a bright, healthy and fun-filled 2016!
What a glorious blend of hues!
Apparently this is where “baby corn” comes from!