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    what exactly is overly humid? i have a garden-style terrarium with neps drosera, etc. the humidity is in the 80's, but it takes an exausting told on my humidifier, which is set as high as it will go. the terrarium is a 75 gallon.

    so is this too humid? how low can i get it and still have perfect dew and pitcher production? in the 70's? that just seems to low.. , but hey i could be wrong.

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    my Drosera produce dew just fine at 40-50% humidity. lots of ppl grow there neps on window sills which would make it hard to get over 60% on an everyday basis i would think.

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    would they grow BETTER with humidity in the 60?

    how should i aclimate them? leave it at mid 70's for a week, then min 60's, then lower it in the 60 range?

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    Drosera grow better, in general, with slightly lower humidity, and my neps pitcher like crazy at between 40 and 80% humidity (Including N. aristolochioides and N. hamata). I'd say it averages about 60%, so I think you're OK with a lower setting, or even maybe no humidifier.

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    its my understanding that most drosera do best in around 50%. my sundews have always stayed dewy as long as they are in bright light. as for the neps, personally i dont know. my 75 gal tank stays at 80% or so without much help from me and thats where all my neps are at the moment. i dont plan on dropping the humidity as i also have mounted orchids in there and they appreciate the high humidity.

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    ha! no humidfier! my plants would be fried. without a fan to circulate the air in my terrarium, the temperatures are over 100 degrees because of my light. right the fan keeps the temps at a night 89-93 degrees. without the humidifier, the humidity is only in the 30's.

    i'd like a few more replies before i do anything, but right now i think i'll keep it in somewhere between 65-75 percent.

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    Yeah, don't let it get into the 30s!! LOL! 65-75 sounds reasonable.

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    huh ive never put a thermometer in there but my plants seem none the worse for wear. i have 2 4ft shop fixtures lighting it sitting on 2 pieces of plate glass witha 2.5x12 inch opening in the center for air circulation. the only problem i have seen is that my 'Miranda' and ventrata pitchers dont last more than about 5 or 6 weeks prolly do to their mostly highland parentage. my lowlands and 100% lowland hybrids absolutly love it. the tank isnt heated at night though and the temps drop down to 65-75 depending on time of year and other factors. the humidity in there is quite high do to the fact i leave about 1/4-1/2 inch of water covering the bottom with the nepenthes pots sitting on various things about 1/2 inch above the "high tide" mark to prevent root rot.

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