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    Glenn,

    Don't know what "zone". I'm in Melbourne Australia (State of Victoria) and these are the state averages to give you a rough idea:

    "Victoria's seasonal climate:
    Victoria experiences warm to hot summers, mild autumns, cool to cold winters and cool springs. The climate varies across the state, with the north experiencing much drier and warmer weather than the south."

    Summer: December to February
    Temperatures: from 21C to 34C, average 28C

    Autumn: March to May
    Temperatures: from 11C to 19C, average 17C

    Winter: June to August
    Temperatures: from -1C to 12C, average 8C

    Spring: September to November
    Temperatures: from 10C to 20C, average 17C

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    *drool* ooo...

    very impressive house and very impressive plants!
    "Seeds? Oh yeah... sometimes I forget they grow from those. I feel like they should hatch or something."

    ~a friend's observation of my CP's

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    What can I say that hasn't been said yet? Paint me Day-Glo yellow with envy!!!

    How old are your larger neps (average)? Say, that vining albo; the large-ish veitchiis, and the flowering ventricosa?

    cheers,

    Hans@hoping my shadehouse may look like this in a year or so...

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    Hans,

    I bought that Green Albo as a non-vining cutting back in Feb 2004. So that vine you see is just over 2 years old. The main growing tip was damaged by heat this summer, so not only has the plant got 3-4 basals now vining, but the main vine now also has bucket loads of side-shoots. Its a very hardy variety of Albo given my conditions are highland for the vast majority of the year (grows fine through the winter months!).

    I have about 8 Vents of various forms. The largest you see in the pic is also about 2 years old, but I've actually cut the main vine off at least once in that time.

    I think the veitichii you refer to is the one in the hanging basket behind the bright red Sanguinea? That is an Exotica hybrid of - truncata x veitchii 'Batu Buli'. Only in the last few months it has really started to vine and threw a couple of basal shoots. Ive had it about 2 years as well, but it was a well developed plant when I got it. Very large and hardy but slow growing for me.

    Aaron.

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    Thanks, Aaron!

    That gives me hope - here in the coastal hills of Northern Taiwan I have pretty similar conditions to yous, albeit a tad less harsh (only down to 3-4 C on a few days in January). My highlanders don't exactly thrive in January, but they don't stop growing either.

    Do you need a heater for your lowlanders in winter?

    And with your growing conditions, you definitely need to take a look at this forum, it's for people who grow their neps outside. Unless you're already a member, that is.....

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    Oh my goodness ~ inspirational ~my tiny traps are growling at me along with baby ventricosa drooling to grow under your glass menagerie.
    Fantastic!!
    thanks for sharing your pics.

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    Hans,

    I do run a heater in winter to keep the minimum temp in the glasshouse to about 12C. That seems to be enough to keep the lowlanders happy, though growth is very slow.

    Myself and another member of this forum both grow Neps outside here in Melbourne. I have both Sanguinea and Ventricosa doing just fine even through winter. Christian has Khasiana, Vent, Maxima, hydrids of and a few other things, all doing very well.





    Aaron.

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    I will probably have to wait for global warming to heat up Michigan a little more before I set up a Nepenthes greenhouse.

    Great job with yours, the plants look very happy.

    Glenn

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