My Nepenthes X red leopard
A long time ago, when I was 11, I went up to Mendicino, Ca where I would get some of my first Nepenthes. One Nepenthes was quite large and I decided to get it. Little did I know this large Nepenthes would become a lot larger and produce some of the biggest pitchers in my collection. Let me tell you the whole story. I wish I had pictures to show, but I was quite young while the plant was bought. First, after buying the plant, it produced a big vine several months later. At the end of the vine, a big male flower popped up. I was still young and didn’t understand at the time how special the flowering event was. The plant produced a lot of pollen. The smell produced by the pollen was easily comparable to that of a pile of gym clothes. Now, fast forward a year. The plant was long done flowering and had made its vine a lot longer. Around the time, I started to activate my Greenhouse, which had been a project on stall ever since my 12th birthday. After setting up the greenhouse, I moved the plants in. I was still too young to notice that the misting system, which was using hard mineral water, was a threat to the Nepenthes. Now, fast forward to last August. Most of the plants were in poor health. The Nepenthes X red leopard had abandoned its main vine and grown a basal. At the time I recognized the problem and started a month long process to install a complex Reverse Osmosis system for the misters. Now, fast forward to the current time. The plant has recovered from the mineral build up and has also recovered from a mite infestation which caused its leaves to become small. This was one of my first Nepenthes, and has been through everything that I have. The pitchers, which were once quite small, have grown to reach the size comparable to that of a beer can. I bet, that if I fed one of the big pitchers a small lizard, that the plant would easily digest it. Heres some pictures of the plant now. Its leaves are still getting bigger since the mite infestation.