Hello all you who want to grow Highland/ultra highland Nepenthes...
I am soliciting opinions at this time, And I can use YOUR help and input!
I may have the opportunity in the future to build and produce Highland terrariums
that are nearly fully automatic.
I have been researching these for some time now,
and having a background in design engineering, I have come up with a few
innovative designs and improvements to such a unit, that I believe can solve
the "Highland" growing difficulties encountered by so many people.
I am now testing out one of my prototype units and am working on designing
another. So far things are looking very good. (Sorry, no Pictures yet.)
In order to complete my research at this time,
I would like to find out what the general consensus is concerning
what users and "customers" like yourselves are looking for in a
nice terrarium capable of growing these "demanding" yet fascinating plants.
YOU, every one of you who has even remotely thought of wanting to grow these
plants, can provide an important thought and opinion possibly affecting how (and if)
I proceed in designing these units in the future. Even the most inexperienced grower
can offer me valuable ideas, considerations and opinions.
So please, anyone and everyone, take a moment to reply or PM me on your thoughts.
(Also, just please try to keep this relatively reasonable and serious.)
I am soliciting the opinions of you, the mainstream of amateur/professional growers
and "wanna-bies", as it is your opinion that matters to me.
And while telling me that you want a grow chamber the size of Hawaii and
your wanting it to cost $5 is funny (and ideal), there are many people that ARE seriously
interested in one and I believe I have something that can help the average person, easily
grow these wonderful plants.
While it is nice to finally be able to buy such rare plants, I think it is important
to not just be able to keep these plants alive, but to keep them thriving!
I would appreciate any input you may have as far as your "wants" are concerned.
In general, what are you looking for? GO into any features, details, etc. as you want...
as any information you can provide as to your wants in looking for a unit like this
As we are from all over the country/world, everyone will have specific needs and wants
based on their local conditions. Make your opinion count.
For example and to get you started:
What are you looking for in a Highland/Ultra-highland Terrarium?
How much dedicated work and time do you want to put in to your plants?
Is it worth the extra money for you to have something
more "automatic" and "undemanding"?
Want something nice for the living-room and for everyone to admire,
or just something to shove in the corner of your basement?
(Such as...as long as it works, who cares how it looks!)
How large of a unit (dimensions) would you be interested in?
(Think about this realistically...If you are putting this in your living room,
do you really have room for one 4 feet high, 3 feet deep and 6 feet wide?)
And if you are only really wanting to grow a few N.Villosa's, wouldn't one
2 ft x 18" fit nicely in a corner of your kitchen better?
Being reasonable and honest, about how much would you be willing or able
to pay for such a unit as you have described?
I wouldn't base pricing on your answer at all, however, component costs (even wholesale)
and labor involved may make production of these impossible at a reasonable price.
However we all have different ideas of what "reasonable" is!
Would you prefer one for placing in a window, receiving natural sunlight, or
use artifical lighting?
Any other thoughts, opinions or ideas you might want to throw out there would be appreciated.
My goal in this venture is to provide growers with the tools they need to keep their plants thriving.
(Also, hopefully to assist in my making a living doing that.)
I have already spent much time and resources in researching this out,
and in "inventing", designing and creating a Terrarium that I think will solve
many of the problems encountered by the average grower today.
Thanks in advance... for your opinions and input.
By the way, I placed this "thread" here... where I felt that the people who are
really interested in growing the N.Highlands will be looking, for it is YOUR opinion that I want.
(If everything goes well, I will keep you posted as to how things are proceeding.)