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Thread: How much do neps hate to be in standing water?

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    Generally, I do the same with most of my neps. I water from the top and wait until it begins filling the tray then stop immediately. I won't water again until the tray water has totally evaporated and the top of the potting medium is barely moist. However, my neps in very loose material; if you're growing them in dense material (e.g., high in peat) then you must be more cautious as such soil, if persistently waterlogged, can prevent air from reaching the roots which leads to root rot/death.
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    I have found that the swamp dwelling species (N. ampullaria, gracilis, bicalcarata) actually grow better in water. My largest carpets of N. ampullaria are in mesh pots that sit in water almost daily as run off from my drip/mist system collect. Plus they are grown in almost pure coco bark/coco peat in mesh pots. One year after a heavy rain, they stood semi submerged water just below their carpet pitcher mouths for about three weeks until it didn't rain and dried out, but still sat in water at least four inches deep through the mesh pots. But remember I live in hot humid Hawaii so they have high humidity 24/7.

    My larger N. bicals are also good growers in heavy clay-coco bark media. I have repotted plants fearing that they would not have a root system only to be surprised that they are not only root bound but have a thick network keeping the pot shape even to the drain holes molding.

    I believe N. tobaica will also grow well with wet feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (RainforestGuy @ Sep. 30 2005,3:40)]I have found that the swamp dwelling species (N. ampullaria, gracilis, bicalcarata) actually grow better in water. My largest carpets of N. ampullaria are in mesh pots that sit in water almost daily as run off from my drip/mist system collect.
    Second that! Whenever a typhoon approaches our area, I put the swamp neps on the shadehouse floor to avoid wind damage.
    After every storm, the shadehouse is flooded up to three inches (the water drains off slowly), and every time I see growth spurts in said swampers, especially if there's been a hot and sunny day right after the typhoon's gone.

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    Last dry season I also installed large 8-meter trays which are temporarily filled with water as described above - as a measure to do automatic clog-free irrigation without installing electrical pumps. Also to keep humidity up. When I went for a one month vacation the trays remained full with 2cm of water.
    Albo-marginata and ventricosa hated but survived it, truncatas got strange leaf spottings, ampullaria was soo happy, bical was also stressed. The other plants were relatively ok as far as I remember. Anyway the stress for the bicals and ventricosa could be also due to the hot and dry April/May.
    Since May I am not using trays or watering at all, because of the rain. All plants are soo happy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Will reactivate the trays in December and collect more experiences.
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