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    Highland Nepenthes Temp drop

    I'm thinking about buying some highland nepenthes, but some of them need a big temp drop at night, like N. Rajah. Can I achieve this without using humidifiers or other electronic devices? I live in TX where the temp is almost the same 24/7 and I don't have a basement to move it to (we live in a one story house). I was thinking about using a cooler (the type you fill with ice to keep your sodas cold) and putting a few ice packs in it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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    Growers commonly use ice packs in terrarium set-ups at night, small computer fans plus misting (allowing evaporative cooling to take effect), refrigerated water, and physically placing the plants outside, etc.

    Good luck; the hiughlanders are worth the hassle . . .
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    Cool, thanks! Would it be a good idea to put them in a cooler?

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    I guess I'm lucky, I keep my highland chamber in my basement where it is always cool, and the light system being on during the day creates a 15F difference.
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    i did the computer fan setup, but im scared to get into highlanders because id have to have a fan on at night and quite frankly im not THAT confident in my wiring of the comp fan to the ex phone charger to leave it on while im asleep. id go with the ice packs, stick a thermometer in the cooler before and then stick the ice packs in there for a couple hours and see if you get the temp drops you need? idk. or maybe if you have an aquarium/terrarium thing going on you could just stick the ice blocks directly into there and see how well that does. experiment what works to get the temp drops you need BEFORE you get the plants.
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    Really helped, thanks

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    Anyone ever tried Dry Ice?

    I know the extra co2 is appreciated by plants. I had used some once in an attempt to gas some mealy bugs off a massive pothos I had just brought home. It didn't slow the mealy bugs down too much, but the pothos did have a massive growth spurt of some very luscious looking foliage after that.

    As long as care is taken to keep the plants out of direct contact with the ice, it should perform wonderfully. In fact, it may even bring the temps down too much? Maybe keeping a few small chunks of it in a container with regular ice placed in the grow chamber over night. The dry ice will make the normal ice last longer...

    Over complicating things, maybe? It's late for me....

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    Wow, nice idea! I might experiment with that if I can get some
    Does anybody here grow N. Rajah? If so, what temps do you keep it at?

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