Sadly, the plant did not make it through the hot summer. The combination of long-lasting high outdoor temperatures and extra heat from the lighting system was just too much. All other highlanders are fine, but they are much more robust and certainly more tolerant to begin with.
I will try again, but the cost for a new plant is steep, and the overheating lighting setup has to be replaced first. I’m thinking about investing in a LED panel to reduce energy consumption and avoid providing unnecessary warmth.
The past few months have been interesting. First, the main plant killed its offshoots, so to speak. As a result, it started producing leaves and pitchers at a much faster rate. Now what would be great is a size jump, but that may require fertilization.
I also observed that old pitchers start dying from a “rot dot” located either on their left or right side, and not from the lid as is usual on Nepenthes. The dot extends very slowly and then accelerates suddenly, leading to the inevitable demise of the whole leaf.
As expected, growth has been painfully slow, but it is alive. Much more surprising is the basal offshoot. Usually, Nepenthes make basals when the mother plant is about to die. At some point, it might have been close. That or it was a reaction to stress. Anyway, with the plant being so weak, I’m not sure that spreading the energy within two plants is sustainable. As always, time will tell.
Here is the little “red hairy hamata” seedling in a basket full of sphagnum moss, recovering from its journey in the dark. The foliage did not suffer and the plantlet appears to be healthy.