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    I say the vfts will do best outside. Rain is fine. Your humidity is fine. Just put them where they get the most sun available - several hours a day (when it's not raining obviously.)

    OK, looking at your setup, it looks like you've got the fluorescent bulbs that replace the 100 watt incandescent. They are actually I believe 23 watts. But that's OK. Three of them over a tank your size will grow a nepenthes easily. But it shouldn't sit in any water. For your drosera seeds, see if you can figure out a way to elevate them so they're closer to the bulbs - put them on top of other pots or something. Within a few inches if possible.

    Congrats! Your plants will be fine, and you'll crave more plants in no time! If you're in Seattle, you can grow nepenthes in open air in your house, too. Just put them in a sunny window, or under fluorescent lights. It will surprise you how well they'll do. You might want to look for more of a highland or hybrid, though. Like N. ventricosa, x ventrata, or any of many, many vigorous hybrids.

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    Attack of the double posts!
    Just remember to be patient, it can take some time for users to be able to get back on or to check a particular topic.

    In the tank, I wouldn't worry much about humidity (unless the heat were to get overwhelming from the lights); you should not need a large pool of water to raise humidity. I mean, it may well raise relative humidity... But it it worth it?
    Many CP don't appreciate having waterlogged roots, so the pool of water is liable to do more damage than help.

    As for the VFTs, I'd give them a shot outside. As previously stated, they don't need a lot of humidity. While a lot of sun would be nice, if you don't get a lot of sun, then so be it. Shouldn't keep you from growing some nice plants. Heck, just think of all the flushing out you get from the rain, could allow you to grow some Neps outside, even with the fluctuating humidity.

    Time to experiment a bit, eh?
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    So, do Nepenthes receive enough light, even if it is cloudy outside? You know, if they are in an East facing window. Also, we have a lot of trees outside. I guess my main question is: Will the Raff grow better in the "as close to ideal conditions I can provide" in the terrarium? Or is it better to let him grow in the house? I have a hanging basket holder, with a plastic liner for drainage, and now that summer is upon us, I don't have AC, and no forced is in the house, just open windows. As far as the VFT's, I just don't know if they will get enough sun outside. I mean, you have to see my house. I'm surrounded on all sides by 40 ft. trees..LOL! But anyway, Caps, I really appreciate the advice. All of you. I'm really, really falling in love with my "babies".
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    Here's how I grow neps. I live in San Francisco, so our weather is very similar to yours. I got a wire rack from Costco - about $70. I then got four-foot 2-bulb fluorescent fixtures - $10 each from the hardware store. I use two fixtures per shelf - so there are four total fluorescent tubes per shelf. I use the cheap "cool white" bulbs from the hardware store at about $2 each. That's it. I put mylar up on some of the sides and the back for reflectivenss. I've done this in my house and in my basement. Here's a pic:



    Edit: You don't have to do this extensive a setup. Put a nep in the sunniest window you have and stick one of the fixtures like you have on your terrarium over it. It will grow well!

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    nice. I'm gonna put one of my traps up in the window tomorrow...you know, so the humidity and light don't drop TOO dramatically...then I'll put him out in the flower bed. Probably the most sunlight is there. Also tomorrow, I'm gonna clean that terrarium out, I guess. Get the water out and put some more pots in there as pedestals. I really appreciate everyone's help. And sorry Est. I guess, I get a little impatient. I've asked a lot of nursery owners from where got my plants, but either got no response, or little help, that usually was not an answer to my question to begin with. But you guys have helped me out tremendously. I'll post a new pic tomorrow after I clean the house out. Also, I'll put up a pic of my yard, and the trees. Get some advice on that too. Thanks guys! I hope you will stick around on this forum. As I have many more burning questions!
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    Sorry for the double, but Caps: So the humidity doesn't matter as much as everyone says it does? I've read that anything below 65-70% humidity, and you're not getting traps. That's for the Nep of course. I really want some beautiful pitchers. I know it takes patience for them to get big. Mine are probably only 1-2 inches long. I don't even know the sex or age of the plant. Also, how long WILL it take for the plant to grow and catch something bigger than a housefly? It's a raff.
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    It took about a year and a half for my Raff to get up to 4 feet. It grew faster in my terraium but it also grows fine outside. After a nep acclimates it can handle some pretty intense weather. In my area (Dallas, Texas) humidity can jump from 15% during the day to 90% at night. But my big Raff just keeps on truckin. Even with the low humidity it still makes nice big traps. Don't worry, if the Raff likes it's conditions it will fire out some massive leaves really quick and you'll have to move it out of the terrarium.

    I also live in the middle of a forest with trees EVERYWHERE. And all my VFT's grow and color up nicely under all the filtered sunlight. My nep's grow on a shaded porch where they get bright shade and only a few hours of direct sun at sunset.
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    cool copcar thanks!
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