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Thread: What is considered a "ultra highland"

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    keep in mind, what works for one grower may not work for another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (dlybrand @ Oct. 14 2006,10:26)]Don't use a heat pad for ultrahighlanders since they don't need anything far above 75F during the day anyway. Using a frozen water bottle is not too effective and a big hassle.

    Many people use chest freezers to grow these, but the best method is to convert a refrigerating unit to work for a terrarium. Unfortunately, I don't really know how to do that.
    Actually , a heat pad can benefit during the day is your temps are low to begin with. If you have 65 degree temps during the(especially in the Winter), that can simulate a temp drop right there.
    I see you live in Wisconsin. It gets fairly cold during the Winter, doesn't it?
    Set up the tank and get a thermometer(you can even get a digital one that has inside/outside temps and the humidity) in there and experiment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]keep in mind, what works for one grower may not work for another.

    very, very true
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (JMurphy97 @ Oct. 16 2006,10:54)]and the frozen bottle goes in.
    Don't bother with the frozen water bottle-- it just sucks humidity out of the air. Besides, with a hamata, you really don't need huge temperature drops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I might try to make a ultra type setting for my hamata to see how that does. How about muluensis x lowii? I read that if the temp gets above 80 they won't pitcher?
    Fiddlesticks. This hybrid is a champion. Typical highland conditions suit it just fine, even when some times the conditions change over to intermediate. This thing is one of my most prolific pitcherers.
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    that hybrid gives me more problems than any other nep I have
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    Frozen water bottles will only suck out so much water from the air. if you mist when you put the water bottle in, it cannot suck out a significant amount of humidity, whereas a constantly cooling apparatus such as evaporator coils will, as they are designed to and are constantly being chilled, water thawing is gaining energy, thus warming up and reducing capacity to condense water on the outside of the bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]that hybrid gives me more problems than any other nep I have
    You're kidding! Everyone else I know who has one says they're easy as pie. There were two at the NECPS show, one of them was starting to get big (which means about 6" or 7" across).

    They were all full of pitchers, too. You must have a bum specimine.
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