Nepenthes bicalcarata X N. khasiana is hybrid between a true lowlander and a cold tolerant highlander. I came upon this hybrid from Hortus Botanicus and decided to buy it without even seeing a photo. I thought that it would be interesting to try and grow this hybrid outdoors because of the N. khasiana in it. It pretty much resembles a N. bicalcarata without the fangs. The leaves of the plant are more similar to N. khasiana. The grower of the plant told me to give it room because it should get large like N. bicalcarata does. My main concern will be how this hybrid does during winter. By the looks of the plant, I think it will do alright. The leaves are leathery and that is a big help with my low humidity conditions. My other hybrid of N. campanulata x N. veitchii I bought from Hortus Botanicus has typical long, wide lowlander leaves very similar to normal N. bicalcarata leaves. Surprisingly, that hybrid is doing alright outdoors, but when winter comes, it may stress out. As common as N. bicalcarata is, there doesn't appear to be a lot of hybrids out there. Exotica Plants has released some of their complex crosses involving N. bicalcarata lately, but that seems to be about it. Maybe more will surface in time. This hybrid was well established when I received it and had no transplant or humidity shock whatsoever. I'm very surprised by that because N. bicalcarata has been notorious for stress and shock from the slightest inconvenience.
lowlander / intermediate / highlander? (not a naturally occurring hybrid)
Cultivation: moderate outdoors at this time; seems
to be stress resistant
Market availability: size 3 to rooted cuttings? uncommon
Species variability: possible variation from seed grown plants
$ / size: moderate $35.00 and up
Cuttings: none available for trade