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Thread: How long to leave hanging baskets outside?

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    After having 4 hanging baskets of Neps (ventrata, cocchinea, and ampularia) outside all summer long, in Reading, PA, how long can I keep them there? What overnight lows can they take?

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    they can live through light frosts but this is not recomended, are you crazy! tropicals have to get inside by september! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img]

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    Isn't N. ampularia an extreme lowlander? If so, it should have come in a while ago. I used to have a N. ventrata and it would stay out into the upper 40s like my others. I've never had a N. cocchinea.
    Bruce in CT

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    N.ampullaria is pretty happy in humid and lowlight enviroment what I have heard. But it shouldnt get lower then 64 F
    Need all the experience I can get...

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    Thanks, the ampularia goes back inside, now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (7santiago @ Oct. 07 2005,7:45)]they can live through light frosts...
    Hi 7santiago,

    please don't post such information without experience. Others might easily loose their plants following your wrong informations. Only the very extreme higland plants like N. villosa are reported to have withstood light frost.

    Cheers Joachim

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    oh no, sorry to debate but i have had some nepenthes survive through a light frost, having the stem turned to mush and then getting a new side bud, although its not recomended i have had experience in carelessly leaving my nepenthes out while i whent to get a new pot for it in my shed, i left the plant through the night and once i discovered my plant in ruins it produces a new stem a couple of months later, [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img] i feel a little insulted by the post [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]
    but i see you said it very formaly, well i almost forgot to state the plants names

    it was a giant pot of burbidea (live), khasiana (live), mirabilis (RIP), rafflesiana 'singapore giant' (RIP) , alata stiped(lived amazingly but later died of a thripe infection. i was only eleven and i was very clumzy. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] now im still recovering my colection, please if you have any coments, disbelief , post em.

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    Having a survival rate of 50% or less deserves a phrase less optimistic than, "they can live through light frosts but this is not recomended."

    I've only grown Neps for a couple years, but I haven't seen much benefit in challenging their cold tolerance very far as fall approaches. Unlike my orchids, which I push as far as I can.

    The orchids do much better with more outdoor time this time of year. They love the cool, wet weather we sometimes get. So I'm willing to take some chances. I haven't noticed the same thing for the Neps, but maybe I will as I stray further into more extreme highlanders.
    Bruce in CT

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