I have always wanted a Nepenthes clipeata! It wasn't until recently that I felt like I had enough experience and the correct setup to finally try growing it!
From Wistuba: "Nepenthes clipeata is notable for the big-bellied pitchers with a long funnel – similar to a wasp waist - and the roundish hairy peltate leaves to which the name is refering (Latin: clipeus = "round-shield"). This extraordinary species only produces one type of pitchers that can reach a maximum height of 30cm. Nepenthes clipeata does not vine. The shoots stay relatively short and reach a length of two meters.
Nepenthes clipeata was first collectet 1894 by J. G. Hallier and is only to be found on the vertical granite cliff of Mount Kelam in Kalimantan"
I re-potted my Nepenthes clipeata in late November because I was tired with how compacted the media was. I found that the roots were severely underdeveloped and were having difficulty penetrating through solid chunks of pure long fibered sphagnum moss. I replaced the media with a much coarser mix and replanted back into the net pots.
After only a month, the plants are showing much faster growth! It is also much easier to determine when to water them. Sometimes a re-pot is all you need!
Current Growing Conditions:
Warm Intermediate Growing Chamber
Light: Mars Hydro TSL 2000 LED Grow Light
Humidity: ~90% constant (mist ~30 s every 2 hrs)
Temperature: ~65F night and 80-85F day
Water: Moist but not wet
Potting Mix: 50% long fibered sphagnum moss 50% perlite
Fertilizer: MaxSea (1/4 tsp/gallon) every other week into pitchers and lightly spray leaves
Additional Notes: Leaves and stems very thick and hairy! Despite this does not appear to mind water on its leaves. More vigorous during summer (slightly warmer overnight)