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    N.ampullaria pruning?

    I have an N.ampullaria that refuses to make the "carpet of pitchers" that they are known for, it just sends up the occasional basal which ends up becoming a vine in about 6 months. As a result, my plant is currently a mass of vines with a single tiny basal forming at the base of the plant. I was wondering that if I cut all the old vines down to the soil level if maybe that would encourage the plant to send out some runners and start making a carpet of pitchers. I have tried trimming the vines to about half lenth before but the only thing that happens is the vine regenerates new growth points.

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    how much light and what temps and what humidity , is it in a terrarium? mine do fairly well in my lowland terrarium, but have no basals at this time , but are pitchering nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uphwiz View Post
    how much light and what temps and what humidity , is it in a terrarium? mine do fairly well in my lowland terrarium, but have no basals at this time , but are pitchering nicely.
    The temps are 90F during the day and 78F at night, humidity is 75% day and 85% night. The lighting is 2 20W growlux wide spectrum bulbs about 1ft away from the base of the plant (Would have it closer if it wasn't for all those vines). It is on a covered growrack.
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    IMO , youll need a bit more light , i have mine at about 7" from 4 t-5 highoutput bulbs, thats about the only real difference, so you may need more light , if you go to 4 foot you can get 40watts per bulb and add a daylight bulb for a better mix of light , seems some one here will have more advise, but thats about all i can add im still learning too .
    (N.amp x talangensis), and amp boreno sunset. they are very close to the high output lights, and in a terrarium.
    my conditions other wise are very close to yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uphwiz View Post
    IMO , youll need a bit more light , i have mine at about 7" from 4 t-5 highoutput bulbs, thats about the only real difference, so you may need more light , if you go to 4 foot you can get 40watts per bulb and add a daylight bulb for a better mix of light , seems some one here will have more advise, but thats about all i can add im still learning too .
    (N.amp x talangensis), and amp boreno sunset. they are very close to the high output lights, and in a terrarium.
    my conditions other wise are very close to yours.
    How big is your terrarium?
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    25 long ,14 deep, 17 high, its going to be tight when they get larger but i intend to build a much larger one in a year or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uphwiz View Post
    25 long ,14 deep, 17 high, its going to be tight when they get larger but i intend to build a much larger one in a year or so.
    So you make your own terraruims? How expensive are the building materials?
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    one this size maybe about 60.00 to 90.00 after all is said and done, this is without lights and misting, of course, but this terr doesnt have a misting sys on it , just an old fogger , it still pumps out enough fog to keep the humidity up in the 80 to 90 range all the time ( fogger in a dish of water on a timer runs about 10 hours a day, it goes on and off many times in a 24 hour period). i will have to replace the disk soon , and it will go for another 6 months, most dont like this type of humidity control but it works in my lowland terr just fineIMO.

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