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    Can I grow Heliamphora outdoors here in Florida?

    I found some Heliamphora Nutans for sale for a very good price. They are really small plants with immature pitchers.

    I would like to grow these outside on my patio in my little terrarium where it gets partial sunlight. Would a Heliamphora Nutans be fine on my patio in this terrarium?

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    what part of florida do you live? nutans is more of a "true" Heliamphora as far as i know. i would test out H. minor, heterodoxa or hybrids between those two first to test it. it can be warm in the day but if it gets cool at night you should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glider14 View Post
    what part of florida do you live? nutans is more of a "true" Heliamphora as far as i know. i would test out H. minor, heterodoxa or hybrids between those two first to test it. it can be warm in the day but if it gets cool at night you should be fine.

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    Tampa area. In the summer, it gets to about 90 degrees, but it's a little cooler for the terrarium because it's not in full sun. In the winter, there's the occasional cold snap where it gets down to freezing, but not much frost.
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    that sounds pretty good actually. cool down a lot at night? just protect them from freezing.

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    In Florida, you'd probably be better off with a hybrid, such as H. heterodoxa x nutans, rather than a particular species, since they are far happier with lower daytime temperatures; though, perhaps allowing them to acclimate over winter could help. If you'd be successful or are successful growing Darlingtonia in your area, that opinion would change, since both genera have similar tolerances . . .
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    What about Heliamphora Minor? It's more compact and can tolerate warmer temperatures.
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    Why don't you get one of those "lowland" helis from wistuba?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thez_yo View Post
    Why don't you get one of those "lowland" helis from wistuba?
    Isn't Minor a lowland Heli?

    Also, doesn't Wistuba sell the Heliamphoras as bareroot plants? Wouldn't that be difficult for the plant?
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