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    nepenthes in hydroponics

    I put a rooted cutting of N. "deroose alata" in a deep water culture hydroponic setup. Its been about 4.5 months and is really starting to take off. The roots are coming out of the bottom of the net pot. It quit making pitchers when humidity dropped for the winter.



    The setup consists of a net pot, hydroton, a pitcher of water and an aquarium air pump with stone. If you're going to try this at home I would suggest using an opaque container.

    There is also a deep water culture setup that has had jade in it for years at the store I work at. It flowers every winter:

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    That's really cool!

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    The Nep is cool but not totally surprising, the Jade however astounds me!
    How does it not turn to mush in a hydro setup??

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    Thats a nice looking nep! But that Jade is hypnotising! I can't keep one alive, they always die...
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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    The Nep is cool but not totally surprising, the Jade however astounds me!
    How does it not turn to mush in a hydro setup??
    You can do just about anything that grows in the ground in hydroponics. I don't think epiphytic plants do so well.

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    Epiphyte orchids seem to do quite well in a setup called "semi hydro" which is those hydroton balls sitting in 1" of water, wicking the moisture up to the roots through the 5" of non submerged hydroton ontop where the plant is. The water never gets deeper than 1" or 2" - wherever you drilled holes in the side of an undrained clear container. Theres also no need of a pump with "semi-hydro" I'm going to be trying a few that way soon when I get this remodelling done.

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    Yeah, my boss has a bunch of orchids in "semi hydro" that are doing well long term. He said they tried a bunch in a flood and drain system and they didn't do well. Apparently it was difficult to keep the water clean enough.

    Post your pics when you get R done!

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    Man just like two days ago I was pondering the idea of Nepenthes being grown hydroponically. That's really awesome.
    LOOKING FOR: N. (argentii x bicalcarata) x {[(lingulata x edwardsiana) x (naga x hamata)] x [(klossii x undulatifolia) x (aristolochioides x rajah)]} Growlist: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124586

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