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    How do you keep Ultra Highlanders cool?

    My highland Neps and Helis thrive in my current conditions but I want to get serious about growing a N. Macrophylla. I think I can cover the humidity, daytime temp, and light requirements with my current setup. I need a way to provide a drop in temperatures at night.

    Cheaper is better and, at the moment, I am only looking to provide this drop for a one or two plants, so the setup can be relatively small. Right now I was thinking of just putting a frozen gallon of water in a tank with the plant each night but I would certainly like a more consistent and automated solution.

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    Where do you live? Window sills in the winter in temperate places get pretty chilly at night, even some getting frost on the glass on the inside depending on how bad your insulation is, which might be an idea for half the year... (that's what I did in Vermont in the US...)

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    That's what I do as well during cooler months. During the hot months I use a cooler filled with ice and water. This is a temporary solution at best for me given the number of highlands I have and thier eventual size.

    Warning... Ice is cold. It took me a day or two with a digital thermometer that stores min and max temps to find the right ratio of water and ice to use.

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    Like was already said: If you live in a temperate region, being outside, or by a cold window can lower temps down plenty.
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    Refridgerator came in handy during the summer nights....JUST REMEMBER TO TAKE THE PLANT OUT THE NEXT DAY!

    note: only works for true ultrahighlander plants. highlander plants, i use ice packs.
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    My in-ground basement does most of the work for me, it never gets above 68 down there, even in the hottest summers. My light comes on and warms things up, and when it goes off at night everything cools off.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    I keep my plants in the garage in a grow hut. I have a six inch inline fan drawing air through the whole hut. Night time drops down in the low to mid 50's. Can get higher in the summer but the plants take it well. They have been thriving there since I moved them out of the house.
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    Living in a dorm room, it can be tricky. It stays pretty cool as its getting into fall, but I keep a fan blowing from an open window on the terrarium. The humidity drops, but generally stays above fifty. If that doesn't do it, and I am around, I use a spray bottle and give it a treatment of a fine mist.

    Temps cool down at night by their own selves, I do, though, have a mister pumping in fog for two hours after the lights go off- spiking humidity for the night, and probably taking temperatures down with it.
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