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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Starman @ Jan. 02 2005,3:47)]Did you take the plants out?
    Do it as quickly as possible.
    General rule of thumb.. Plants DO NOT like sudden and drastic change. If you want to take them out go ahead but do it gradually by letting in a little more fresh air each day for a few days or so. Want to grow them in enclosed containers go ahead. Plenty of people grow plants indoors in terrarium type situations. Just watch they don't get cooked if the sun hits them and watch you don't keep things too wet in an enclosed terrarium because fungus can become an issue with reduced air circulation.

    As for the Nepenthes in a hanging basket. You probably won't see pitchers again until next Spring and the humidity increases in your area. While many Nepenthes will grow as houseplants, pitcher production might be sporadic when the air is colder and drier during the Winter months.

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    is it a true cobra lilly, or a saccerenia hybrid mislabled as a cobra lilly? they get mislabled often

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    Quote[/b] ]if you dont live in a desert, one isnt necerssary, esspecially for the VFT and Cobra Lily.
    Isnt necerssary for the Neps either, unless they are something like N.villosa.
    Yu live in texas. dependin g opn the locationm, the releteve humidity can get pretty dry there at some times of the year. that happens in the mountanis of the west and great plains alot. i do not live in a deset, but with a avrage humidity of 10% a terrarium is a must for me for most parts of the year. true, at wetter parts of the year they dont need it, but it gets pretty dry here in the winter and summer (espec. in drought) so they probably wouldnt make it trough those seasons without the help of a terrarium, and im pretty shure my new nep [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] wouldnt.



    tony, you mean they can make it rhrough tose times of the year out of a terrarium without drying? do u think they could where i live?!
    that makes no logic

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    ok so do i open the containers or not? i don't have a different pot to put them in right now. i was planning on going tomorrow. should i do it now? i just bought themand was going to let them settle before i transplant. they are small and i was just going to open the cubes for tonight and then transplant tomorrow. oh yeah and i got pics how do i post them?

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    Finch - I think there are a few Nepenthes that can handle quite dry air. Whether they will be super healthy and pitcher all the time is another question. On my West windowsill I grew things like N. truncata, N ventrata, N. khasiana for extended time frames (greater than 1year). In the Summer they would get baked all afternoon with full sun. During the Winter the hotwater baseboard was right below them along the wall and a woodstove was running in the basement. They lived and increased in size. The N. Ventrata and Khasiana pitchered all year the N. truncata would only pitcher during the more humid Spring/Summer months. Sometimes they would need a nice soaking every few days.. they went through alot of water! During the Winter the pitchers were sometimes dry inside. Can it work for you? I don't know for sure. Is it worth a try? Probably if you select an inexpensive plant with a known track record for durability. Maybe you can pick up a candidate in the trade forum..

    Prizmbatch - If you want to take the tops off. Go ahead. I would put the container into a clear baggie with the top opened a bit to let in a little fresh air and yet hold some moisture. Keep an eye on them and if you see the leaves flopping over or geting curled or wrinkled then close up the baggie a bit.

    Just a side note. I do better with Darlingtonia (cobra lily) potted in long fiber sphagnum moss.

    I would also suggest stopping at a decent book store and picking up a copy of The Savage Garden by Peter D'Amato. It covers all the major Genera and has very good information on culture etc. Nice and easy to read too with good pictures.

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    I sent you a PM about posting a picture! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/prizmbatch/DSC01562.JPG[/img]
    my neps
    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/prizmbatch/DSC01563.JPG[/img]
    different angle
    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/prizmbatch/DSC01567.JPG[/img]
    VFT
    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/prizmbatch/DSC01564.JPG[/img]
    cobra lily

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    ok sorry i figured out how to do it and now they are here on the board. JImscott, sorry about all the pm's

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    Uhhh, Jimscott, did you mention reducing the pics size in one of those PMs?? <chuckle> [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]

    prizmbatch, can't help with the Cobra Lily as I haven't tried growing them yet, but the Nep looks pretty good with the exception of the pitchers missing. With luck the new leaves will produce new pitchers. If you haven't got it identified by then, post a couple pics of the plant and pitchers in the plant ID forum so the Nep nuts can take a look at it.

    The VFT is a bit blurry but looks OK too. From experience I can tell you, that if gradually adjusted to the humidity where you live, they can be grown indoors or out. My humidity gets down to 25% or lower during the summer. I found that as long as I watered daily to keep the soil moist/wet or put a water tray under them, they didn't mind the low humidity.

    Keep up the good work on them. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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