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

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    Hi Folks,

    I have my Neps in mostly hanging pots with attached trays that hold about 1/2" of water. I water them overhead and make sure to "over water" them so the trays are running over; I do not fill the trays only as I do my other CP's.

    Do you think the Neps would be happier if I removed the trays altogether and just let them drain? Do they hate standing water THAT much?

    Thanks!

    -N

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    for me i do use trays and i do what you do, over fill them. just make sure to clean the trays every once in a while, thats all!
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    I keep trays under all my Neps. What I do is top water them and let the extra drain into the trays, where it sits until it evaporates. I've yet to have any problems with this method, so I think the answer to your question is "Not much at all."

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    hey LLeopardGGecko, it does work, huh? it also bring up the humidity if you grow nepenthes as windowsill as i do!
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    Just make sure that the water in the trays evaporates before watering again. Neps don't like to sit in water all the time like a sundew or VFT.
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    That ultimately depends on what species you're talking about, and also probably varies among individuals of the same species. I think it's submersion that's the big problem - Nep's roots seem to need exposure to air. If the bottom of the roots are touching water, it doesn't seem to be a problem.
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    yeah.... thats right!
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    Nanook, I do as you do. The only Nep that did well in an open tray setting was my N. sanguinea.

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