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    Hello,

    Today my Brocchinia Reducta arrived in the mail. It is small, but there appears to be two plants in the pot. I have not grown a Brocchinia Reducta before and was wondering if anyone had some advice?

    My current understanding is that need:
    1. Temps between 45F and 85F.
    2. 60% Shade.
    3. 50% or higher humidity.

    I am assuming this plant need can be grown using the water tray method. However, I am not sure of this.

    Here is a photo of the plant(s).


    Thanks for any help.



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    I have grown mine from a seedling for 2 years of so now. It is a sweet little plant, and I am very fond of it. It grows in very warm day conditions with a 5-10 degree drop at night. Winter temps are lower of course both day and night. I believe that it is ammenable to just about any temp. range. If I had my druthers I'd keep it a little cooler, but as I said it prospers in temps up to and occasionally above 90F, so I let it be. I mist it at the hottest part of the day, and it is in 100% humidity. I put a opinch of blood worm meal in the pitcher monthly, same as for Heliamphora. It is growing in pure live sphagnum sittling in 1/2 inch water which is allowed to totally dry off before refilling. I grow mine in a terrarium with 6 flourescent lamps, 40 watts 50/50 cool white and balanced spectrum, the plant is about 3-4 inches away from the lights. It's now about 4 inches tall, but atypical compared to habitat photos, sadly. It seems very difficult to get the typical form under these lighting conditions. The plant would prefer a GH I am sure.

    Your substrate seems wetter than it need be. I aim for constantly moist (no dry sphag heads ever) and airy. Treat it the same as you would Heliamphora.
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    Thanks for that great info. I received the plant yesterday and it had just been watered. However, I did place it in a saucer of distilled water. I will treat it as I do my helimaphora as far as watering goes.

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    I have been growing my 5 inch tall plant for about 1 year now and its doing great on the windowsill. I water from the top, letting water form puddles within the leaves. Many a time you will see dead gnats floating in the leaves. Try keeping the plant rather cool, as too much heat causes it to loose its hardness and it kinda wilths.
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    that looks SO Cool
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