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    I want to try to grow a nepethes outside my house. Where I live does not get too hot or too cold. I plan to hang it from a tree so that it recieves morning sun and is then shaded for the rest of the day. I'll need something that can handle the lack of humidity and the warm summers.

    I was thinking:
    Ventrata
    Ventricosa
    Alata
    maybe Sanguinea?

    I'd like suggestions on which one to try, and how to go about a hanging basket.
    anyone in CA grow outside?

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    If you are close to the coast and get cool nights and/or fog, you can probably grow a number of species. What I do is I've got a mini greenhouse made of PVC and plastic, and I keep lowland neps in trays underneath it during the summer (starting now). I've also got a Gubler's hybrid that was in a terrarium outside. It grew very well during the summer and slowed down for winter. If you hang plants from a tree you will have issues with the soil drying out on hot summer days. Unless you thing you can faithfully water them at least once every single day.

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    Thanks for the reply,

    yeah I'm a little worried about the watering, it will might get very dry in the summer and the occasional light frost in winter discourages me as well, I live near the coast but not on the coast so my humidy will be a large limiting factor in choosing the plant.

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    i grow them outdoors but there are some that play it by the book, even if theyre growing them in less than ideal conditions. well i see that you live in the bay area, where exactly? i live in long beach.



    i advise you to let no one tell you what to do. sure you can try!
    look what at the pic. but i can tell you one thing, they grow slower in these conditions. all the plants that you listed sholud do well, heck maybe even in full sun!
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    Thanks,
    I live in Walnut Creek, so east bay, over the Berkely hills so not even near the bay really...

    I think I will give it a try, I know the UC berkley botanical garden has some ventricosa/alata/ventrata, that they label poorly, for cheap, I'll get one of those and see what happens. I sorta dreamed a nep growing up and vineing into the tree.

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    Stupid question, but where does one get a alata these days, lol? If you see one at a garen center, it's probably a mislabled ventrata. That said, a ventrata would be the perfect candidate to start with.

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    Well like I said I live about a half hour from UC Berkeley(and its amazing botanical garden) They have alatas there, and usually have a few for sale, as well as things labeled as ventricosa that seem to mostly be ventrata.

    yeah I think I'll go with a ventrata, though I dont have an alata at all so I might pick an alata to try.
    whatever happens its fun to try something new.

    thanks again,
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    yeah thats how it should be. then when you are for sure that you got the hang of growing outdoors then thats when you want to expand... hybrids are the easier if the neps, although my bongso is showing good growth now...
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