Nepenthes x Gaya (khasiana x (ventricosa x maxima))
One of the only Leilani Nepenthes hybrids that entered tissue culture!
Pitcher has interesting two-toned coloration with reduced red in between the wings!
Leaves very interesting! Lanceolate in shape and covered in fine indumentum
I received my x Gaya from Sarracenia Northwest as a part of their annual Black Friday sale. This hybrid is fairly widespread and is also known commercially as "St. Gaya" and Gaya 'Buddha'. I was surprised to learn that this Nepenthes was originally bred by Leilani Nepenthes and released in 2004. It must be one of the only Leilani Hybrids to remain commercially available thanks to tissue culture, especially considering that the nursery was tragically destroyed by a volcano in 2018.
Nepenthes x Gaya is a slightly complex cross of Nepenthes khasiana x (ventricosa x maxima). I am very curious to see the khasiana traits, particularly the beautiful reduction in coloration and patterning on the front of the pitcher between the wings, giving the pitchers an attractive two-toned coloration pattern that is pretty rare. All of these species are considered very easy and hardy, so hopefully it likes my south-facing windowsill! Sarracenia Northwest has immaculate packaging and even though I bagged it as per my acclimation procedure, I bet it will acclimate very quickly and start growing!
Current Growing Conditions: South-Facing Living Room Window Light: ~260 - 460 PPFD or 16530 - 20110 Lux (depends on the weather outside) - Can withstand high light conditions without sunburn, leaves tend to bleach slightly but not redden Humidity: ~80% night and 55% day Temperature: ~68F night and 90F day (depends on weather outside) Water: Moist but not wet Potting Mix: 100% long fibered sphagnum Fertilizer: MaxSea (1/4 tsp/gallon) every other week into pitchers Additional Notes: Seems to be acclimating quickly - excited for new pitchers!