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    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    yes. Av8tor is Butch. he's also releasing a detailed heliamphora growing article hopefully in the near future via the CPN.
    Awesome! I will look forward to reading it! Hopefully with some nice pictures, perhaps he will get the back cover?

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    If you are acclimating new divisions its a good idea to bag them unless they are in a high humidity environment. Desiccation is one of the main reasons for new division deaths.
    Now if you bag them and the bag is covered in water droplets... give it a little more ventilation. Trim a corner back or something, I usually just take the bag off once a day or so and give it some fresh air.
    You want humidity, not stagnation :-)

    Heliamphora do appreciate ferts, but this is another area that has shades of gray.... I generally feed the pitchers fish pellets on established plants and a weak fert mix on new divisions (especially unrooted divisions)

    I use to routinely root feed but I don't anymore....

    Yes, I do have an CPN article scheduled, but with the recent deaths in the hobby it will likely be December issue.

    However, many of my recommendations have been included in that ICPS guide

    We have many growers of distinction, each with years of experience.... David, Jon, Ron, Carl, Dave etc etc etc
    Each has their own prefs and what works for them, each a valuable resource... but at the end of the day, you have to tweek the methods to fit your own needs. New growers want absolute answers when its more an art than a science. There are just so many inter-related variables at play.

    At the end of the day the key points are:
    Keep them cool (typically below 78f)
    keep them humid (typically more is better)
    Keep them under intense lighting (but cool LOL)
    Keep their feet from drying but not stagnant


    HTH's
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    I mostly feed fruit flies, not much chance of overdoing it that way.

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    Sooooo... Let's review the information I've gathered from you guys.
    Heliamphora like a lot of light.
    They hate stagnant water and air (unsurprisingly).
    They generally like very airy mixes.
    They hate the heat and should never go above 80 degrees.
    They like a nightly temperature drop but don't necessarily need it.
    They need very high humidity.
    They are slow.
    They can be pieces of cake or absolute jerks to grow.

    Anything not listed that hasn't been covered otherwise?

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    I would argue that adult specimens can grow like weeds if happy.... :-)
    and not so sure about "absolute jerks".... but one thing is for sure, bigger is easier.

    smaller the division, the more difficult and slower.... but obviously the plant has less ability to process nutrients and light

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    Naturally. And I DID say that they can be pieces of cake to grow. Unfortunately I'll be getting not too large of a plant. I wonder when it'll arrive. Hopefully the 100% long-fiber Sphagnum will work.

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    it will... no biggie, I have at least a hundred seedlings in pure LFS at the moment

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    Dude, do yourself a huge favor and buy D'Amato's revised Savage Garden.

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