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    hi all;

    I think one of the secrets is to make sure the roots don't heat up. That's why, i am using terracotta pots. I am growing H. tatei var tatei in sphagnum moss and nutans "giant" in a mix of 50% peat moss and the rest a combination of perlite, vermiculite, and sphagnum moss. They are both doing really well, they are throwing pitchers at me. The temperature right now is about 34 during the day and 25 at night and they are growing in a fish tank.

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    My Heliamphora (nutans, heterodoxa, ionasi, minor and various hybrids) all grow in NZ long-fiber sphagnum with some perlite mixed in. Over the years, I have lost H. tatei and H. tatei var. neblinae (both of which hurt a lot!). I used to water in essence via the tray method (small amount of water in the bottom of the tank), but I've begun an experiment (I finally have enough plants to experiment!). In one 55 gal tank, the plants are raised on screens and top watered and misted frequently. In the other 55 gal tank, the plants are sitting on the bottom with a small amount of water. I believe I lost the plants above due to fluctuating water levels -- alternating very wet and then dry seems to have rotted them out. Since I've kept the watering more consistent in the tray-watered tank, the plants seem to be doing better, and the screen experiment is only a few weeks old. Temps are low 70s during the day and 60s at night (basement, under lights). My plants seem to be very susceptible to scorch, when I change a bulb, many plants seem to get sunburned (I'm trying to be more careful about increasing light levels gradually by raising the lights then slowly lowering them). My plants consistently flower in the winter (now) as the photoperiod drops to 12 hours from a high of 16 during the summer.

    In my experience, H. ionasi seems to be the most sensitive to wet feet. I've kept these dryer for several months now, and even the most pitiful little guy has improved considerably.
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    Trent,

    I am very interested in the use of such mulch as you mention. I have some good results with some Drosera species using mulch with aniseptic qualities, and I might have to try it with Heliamphora as well. I am still struggling with the genus, and will begin to try fertilizer. Back in the Days of Yore I was corresponding with Joachim Nertz, and in an old letter he mentioned immersing the plant monthly in a bucket that had some manure in it. I am sure he has since refined his protocol, but as I recall he had some good results back then!

    Jay, I had my best results as well via tray watering, and I *never* let the trays dry out. Losing the H. ionassi hybrid you gave me was a hard hit, since it was in bud. I had never flowered any of them (well, I never had them to flower, lol). I have heard they can take a good deal of heat if the roots are cool, so I can only assume that the very hot weather we had was responsible for the loss. I believe that nightime drop is critical for their happieness as is the case with so many of the Tepui species. It's not the heat that gets to them, but the lack of differential between day and night when summer sets in. My plants likewise did not prosper in the evenly cool conditions of my cellar, so I am inclined to think that a marked change between day and night temps. is very important. If their culture holds true to other genera from the same area, an increase in humidity during the night would also be desirable.

    These are fantastic plants! I believe I like them more than any other CP (yup, including Drosera!), and look forward to mastering their culture.
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    Temperature is not a big factor I think. More of lots and LOTS of overhead watering with nice decent humidity 70% and higher possibly only a minimum of 80% even. Also a very well drained mix lke mentioned before should be always be imperative. If you're having trouble with your plants, check for insect pests in the soil (i had toruble with gnats again) and check your climate after. Most likely it's due to low humidity and/or compacted soil and root suffocation.

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    I agre with Tamlin above, i i had received 2 h x minors and had killed them both, i think i kept the humidity up but i kept them water logged, i thought they were like some sarrs that like being with water all the time, so i learned from my mistake, now i really want to try to grow it again

    and like tamlin said, when they go, they go fast!
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