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    Which Neps would Work for my Grow Rack?

    Hi Everyone!

    Last weekend, I got my first nep (N. Ventricosa) and put it in my grow rack. Now I'm hooked! What neat little plants. This one is small, in a 4" pot with 4 small pitchers, but I'm looking forward to having it grow for me. Hoping I can sustain it!

    Over the months, I want to accumulate a few more. However, I've read that the distinction between highland/lowland neps doesn't dictate the growing conditions you need so much as your conditions dictate which of the highlanders and lowlanders you can grow together. Am I way off on this??

    Anyway, provided I'm not mistaken, I was wondering if you guys could rattle off the names of a few neps that would work for the following conditions:

    I have a grow rack with 4x 48" 32-watt fluorescent bulbs about 10 inches above my plants. The grow space is surrounded on 4 sides by reflective mylar. Inside the rack, temperatures range between 80 and 90 degrees F and humidity varies between 55% in the day and 80% or so overnight.

    What do you think would work for me?

    Thanks!!

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    Wow, at 80 to 90 degrees your probably looking at mainly lowlanders, if you could cool it to around 70 you could grow quite a few plants. With your current setup I would suggest:
    N. Miranda
    N. leesii
    N. ampullaria
    N. gracilis
    lowlander hybrids and species

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    Awesome, thanks. I suspect temperatures in my rack over the winter will drop closer to 70 degrees simply due to the ambient temperature. I'd consider putting a cooling fan or two into my rack to vent some of the heat off of the lights, but I'd be afraid of messing with the humidity too much...

    I know this isn't the right forum, but would these conditions support a heli, or would daytime temperatures need to be lower?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFury View Post
    Awesome, thanks. I suspect temperatures in my rack over the winter will drop closer to 70 degrees simply due to the ambient temperature. I'd consider putting a cooling fan or two into my rack to vent some of the heat off of the lights, but I'd be afraid of messing with the humidity too much...

    I know this isn't the right forum, but would these conditions support a heli, or would daytime temperatures need to be lower?
    Firstly, your daytime humidity is too low for a heli, and many lowland neps as well. getting it up to 70% would be better.

    Secondly, helis need day temps under 80F and night temps between 65-50F
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Well that settles it then. Cheers!

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    Try some of the basic plants, like ventricosa that you have, maybe maxima, gracilis, also many hybrids can grow in a wide range of conditions. Sometimes even highlander hybrids can do just fine in intermediate/lowland conditions. It's a great way to have showy highland plants without the intensive temperature drop.
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    Are any highland hybrids particularly forgiving of the blunders of a new nep grower, or do they all exhibit more or less similar tolerance to idiocy ?

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    My Spec x Aristo seems to do really well in my terrarium with temps near 90 by day and 70-80 at night.
    60-90% humidity.
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