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    Some of you may have remembered when I set up my glasshouse early this year... So I thought it time to show how it is today since it has come such a long way.

    This is how I placed it in the existing garden. The hedges were already there but ran straight across the back edge of the lawn. I just uprooted them and replanted around the glasshouse to make it look like it had been there for ages. The camera is pointing north and this shot is at about 9:00am (sun on the right or East).


    The 'view' as you enter:


    And looking back out the door:


    It is still a work in progress as all the timber benches will be replaced with expanded metal, I'm soon to add an evap. cooler and I'm still not happy with the temp and humidity control.

    Needless to say, other than a few odds and ends it is pretty much just Neps.

    Aaron.

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    Looks great. Always nice to see Neps in a good home. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    Will you try keeping the more difficult ones (not talking about Villosa or something of course [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] ) or stick with the easier Neps?
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    I think I see a reasonably large N. veitchii on the ground in the middle picture to the left of the photo. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    do you grow anything besides neps in there?
    great photos, i hope mine'll look like that
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    Fantastic glasshouse! Helps to inspire me for my greenhouse I plan on building this spring for my Nepenthes. Please continue to update us with more great pictures.

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    Thanks guys.

    Phyrex,
    I do avoid 'extreme’ HL or LL species as the glasshouse is maintained at intermediate conditions on average, with a swing towards HL in winter and LL in summer. In terms of "difficult species"…. it all depends on what you find difficult.

    I have something like 90 plants in total representing maybe 40 species and 25 hybrids. There are the odd few that seem to do it a bit tough at times but they not necessarily species that are ‘known’ to be difficult. On the other hand some that are I find easy!?

    Run of a list of those species you consider difficult I’ll tell you if I have them.

    NG,
    N. truncata x veitchii (HL stripped) is what you can see and a good grower!

    There is a N. veitchii (gold peristome) in the last picture. Let’s see if I can point you to it..... Right-hand bottom shelf, second Nep from the farthest end with the reddish leaves (directly above the 2x plastic containers on the ground). Also a good grower for me.

    Kirk,
    I have a few other things including about 30 VFT's, D capensis, D. spatulata, D. binata, some Bromeliads, orchids and a few other things. It's ALL about the Neps though [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Aaron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (AaronJ @ Oct. 12 2004,6:25)]Phyrex,
    I do avoid 'extreme’ HL or LL species as the glasshouse is maintained at intermediate conditions on average, with a swing towards HL in winter and LL in summer.
    Ah ok, that's what I ment. So you don't need to cool during the summer and heat during the winter? What if you get real extremes? Too much frost or heat will kill your plants in no time. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]

    Because if I do build a greenhouse myself then I will also stuff it with Neps (Are there any other CPs? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] ) so I was wondering what species are tollerant enough to deal with the possible large fluctuations in a greenhouse...
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]So you don't need to cool during the summer and heat during the winter?
    Heck yes….I sure do!

    For winter heating I have a 2kw heater (should see the mid winter power bills... OUCH!) that keeps the nightly lows to about 13-15C (outside temps down to 0C mid winter). If we get too many overcast days with low temps (i.e. the glasshouse does not get over 20C on its own) I’ll adjust the temp up during the day to assist.

    For summer cooling I have the misting system, circulation fan and, as mentioned, an evap. cooler on the way soon. Not uncommon for days to get up close to 40C and its dry (very dry). Add to that the intense sun we get here, and it spells disaster rather rapidly if your cooling system is not in check.

    Aaron.

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