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    NO NO NO haha I bet michigan is not tropical I would grow on a window as a houseplant and hang artificial light about 6" above the plant during winter to help compensate for the lower light levels in winter and during summer go ahead and give it full sun. you might have to acclimate it depending on where you ordered it from but don't worry nepenthes ventricosa is very forgiving of mistakes and I once heard someone say that "nepenthes ventricosa would survive an atomic bomb along with cockroaches, and then it would eat them "

    ventricosa is a highlander and a 10-15F drop in temperature at night would be helpful but is not absolutely required as this plant will grow in a wide range of conditions. It's a perfect starter nepenthes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D_muscipula View Post
    NO NO NO haha I bet michigan is not tropical
    Actually, depending on what part of Michigan you are moving to, it may work quite well. It may not be tropical, but if it is warm during the day you'll get a great nighttime drop that would be great for highland Nepenthes. Of course, it wouldn't be so good in winter; but summer and part of both spring and fall I would imagine Nepenthes would do great (all depending on how far south or north you are, of course).

    You can check out the various hardiness zones in this thread for more information.

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    What is the best soil?
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    Anything you want that's relatively inert, drains quickly, and relatively nutrient deficient.
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    50:50 Long fiber sphagnum : perlite?
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    sure or you could use 50/50 peat moss and perlite just make sure not to overwater as peat retains water well.
    alot of it is grower preference some people swear on pure live sphagnum but phissionkorps hates it.
    my hamata is in sphagnum and it does great and also sphagnum looks great as a top dressing when it's live.
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    What should I feed it? And how often? I dont like fertilizers.
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    There is no need to feed it... bugs will find their way to it and it really doesnt need the food.
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