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    Ordered myself a Nepenthes Ampullaria

    I just ordered myself a Nepenthes Ampullaria.

    Can someone please give my some good tips for this plant? I read in several places that it will thrive in shady conditions. Would this do well on my windowsill?
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    Most neps do well on a window. I have mine in low humidity.. after acclimationz. It grows on a s.window with bright light 9am-3pm then full sun 3-6pm.

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    amps love it warm and humid, but are also able to take highland temps if im not mistaken
    take some photos of it when you get it and update us on it if you do the windowsill method

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    Nepenthes ampullaria certainly likes it on the warmer side; and I've seen it grown both in sweltering conditions and, to a lesser degree, as an intermediate. Considering that you're in Florida, you should have little problem with it . . .
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    Definately hot... but not nessecarily humid. If its not humid... It wont pitcher.. (like mine) but its basals will pitcher.. how funny is that? :/ Or it could just be the way amps do it. I've got my amp in temps up to 111. 16% humidity. It's fine. Vining. Healthy. Just keep it wet and it'll do finee.

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    I've noticed that N. ampullaria seems to do much better when it's in the shade of another plant. You might want to try keeping it a short distance from the window, or underneath the canopy of a larger houseplant, if it grows slowly or refuses to pitcher. This is one significant exception to the, "more light is good," Nep-growing mantra.
    If the window is north-facing or already shaded by trees or something, you should be all set. But just glass and a screen won't cut full sun enough to create the kind of shade these guys seem to expect.
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    I know that highlander Nepenthes can experience lower humidity than other plants, but what about some of the lowlanders like Ampullaria? I've had Mexican butterworts and Cephalotus thrive on my windowsill, so I'm wondering if Ampullaria will do well in the same humidity.
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    Most Nepenthes will grow perfectly fine in full sun in the wild, including N. ampullaria. I highly doubt you will have any trouble with too much light on your windowsill. The key of course is to acclimate it since most plants will not have been grown in the nursery with that bright intensity.

    I also disagree that N. ampullaria is ok in highland conditions... I have tried and it hates it! I think the problem is that most peoples idea of highland really isn't so they think they are growing a lowland plant in 'highland' conditions. True N. ampullaria is more tolerant than some of the other lowland plants but toss it in real highland conditions for a prolonged time frame and it will steadly go downhill.
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