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    Care information?

    Im new to CPs and just recently got a ventricosa and I might be doing a trade for some more Nepenthes. My question is what is the care requirements for the ones I might be getting, are any of them a good candidate for a hanging basket next to a window?

    Heres the list

    Nepenthes lowii
    Nepenthes mira
    Nepenthes ampullaria
    Nepenthes rafflesiana
    Nepenthes bicalcarata
    Nepenthes rajah

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    Nepenthes lowii -- generally, no.
    Nepenthes mira -- maybe... but you'd have to have good light at least to get a pitcher out of a mira.
    Nepenthes ampullaria -- would probably grow, but would be an inconsistent grower, unless your windowsill is hot and humid. Lowlanders...
    Nepenthes rafflesiana -- very possible, but would grow like ampullaria.
    Nepenthes bicalcarata -- got an elephant sized window? This one would grow like ampullaria or bical unless you have a very hot and humid windowsill.
    Nepenthes rajah -- it's been done before, but 90% of the time the plant dies. I don't want to say no because some crazy people like elgecko have done it...

    N. maxima would be a good one, as well as its hybrids. N. ventricosa, sanguinea, alata, ramispina are also good windowsill candidates, as well as hybrids involving those. I've found highland truncata to grow well in a windowsill too. What you can grow depends a lot on how much light you can provide. Southeast and east windowsills are the best.
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    the window I would be growing them by is south but more close to southeast facing, it is also a big sliding glass door, I dont know if that makes any difference. Are the ones I listed lowlanders? Where would they grow best? Any of them could possible grow outside here during the warmer months? I have a heated reptile room which stays around 80-82 degrees throughout the winter and the could go in there if it would work.

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    Nepenthes ampullaria
    Nepenthes rafflesiana
    Nepenthes bicalcarata

    are lowlanders.

    Nepenthes lowii
    Nepenthes mira
    Nepenthes rajah

    are highlanders.

    The lowlanders would do great in your reptile room year round if you hung a shoplight or two. N. rafflesiana and N. bicalcarata grow very large, however. The lowlands you listed are easy plants that grow fast. The highlanders you listed are not so easy and grow pretty slowly. The plants Nepfreak suggested are very tolerant, with N. maxima and N. alata having both lowland and highland forms. So does N. truncata, but he specified Lowland or highland N. truncata would be good choices. I would not put any of the ones you listed outside without a greenhouse. Unless you live on a lake or something.

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    I might just try those lowlanders in my reptile room with a light if I can get them. Would I need to setup a tray for the pots to sit in, maybe elevate the pots a few inches from the tray?

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    You can use a tray if you want. I don't. I pot in 5:2:2 peat/perlite/vermiculite and water once every 3 days.
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    What kind of bulbs should I use for the shoplight and will one shoplight be enough? There is a window in the room also, aswell as all the lights on the enclosures. How close to the light should the plant be?

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    Get a 4' dual tube fluorescent with the GE Daylight bulbs. (should cost $20 total from Walmart). Put the plants as close to it as possible.
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