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Thread: N. Hamata colors

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    If the pic of a hamata is green will it trun purple and get hairy as it gets older?

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    Mostly with Hamata the upper growth is green with brownish red
    marking. For the lower pitchers when newly open will lack color, as the growth ages they will pick up a redish purple shade.
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    Light is a big key in this. My plant when grown in a window never got much color, but when moved under fluorescent light it immediately took on a very nice dark reddish color and all the "hairiness" expected from this species. Other plants grown in more intense light have color that is almost black.
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    How much light? Right now I have the window open so the area is in full sun when the sun does shine on it. The only problem is when the window is open it's hard to keep the humidity up.

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    I am not really the authority on this issue.. I used to keep my plant in a west facing window, but out of direct sunlight. It grew large leaves and small pitchers that never got much color at all. When I placed it under the lights it made a huge swing in the other direction, immediately producing smaller leaves and larger pitchers with MUCH color. My plant grows in an open topped tank with 2- 24" cool white fluorescent tubes about 12" away. Sorry but I dont keep track of humidity indoors so I cant offer any info there. It does tend to be fairly dry here, so I expect its not very high at all.

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    Well said Steve, I must say, its quite controversial with Nepenthes and the light they require, but Mike Catalani had his greenhouse in Tennessee with no shading and his plants were gorgeous..of course he had some serious cooling equipment to compensate for the intense sunlight.

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    I think its a lot like every other plant. Some like more, some like less.. The key is finding the right ammount for your particular plant. N. hamata is a pretty adaptable plant though.. there is a pretty broad range of conditions that you can experiment with without fear of killing the plant.

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    You said that you have 24" bulbs so they must not be more then 20 watts each right? Could 40 watts be good enough added to the sunlight that would come from the window?

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