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    Nepenthes rafflesiana Adaptability

    I've found Nepenthes rafflesianas to be very adaptable plants. Although their growth is definitely more lush and "juicy" in a hot and humid environment, they can be grown in less than optimal conditions and do just fine. Below are examples of the same clone growing in different conditions. The only thing that is that same is the photo-period under the lights. Both plants are quite healthy, and there is only one inch of difference in the size of the pitchers.

    Example 1: This one is growing in a lowland plant case with consistent high humidity, and a daily rise to 90 from nighttime low temperatures of 75-80 each day. This pitcher opened recently, and is 8.5" from the bottom to the top of the lid. The plant is an established cutting from the plant in the second example.





    Example 2: This one is growing out in the open in the basement with low humidity. Temperatures rise to about 70 each day from nighttime lows in the low 60s. These temperatures have been consistent since October. The pitcher is older than the one in the lowland case, and is 7.5" from the bottom to the top of the pitcher. I do mist the plant well once each night. (I have found that all the plants I have growing in an open situation seem to appreciate a good misting at night.)




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    Indeed a beautiful, tough, and adaptable species! Your plants are beautiful.

    Mine grows and inflates pitchers in 30% Humidity, and in HL conditions.
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    Hey your avatar right very nice pitcher.

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    Define "low humidity"......because where I live, 30% is considerted low....in places like some parts of florida low might be considered 50%
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carnivoure12 View Post
    Indeed a beautiful, tough, and adaptable species! Your plants are beautiful.

    Mine grows and inflates pitchers in 30% Humidity, and in HL conditions.
    Really? Do you think 45-50 at night for a couple months won't kill a raff, with 80ish % humidity at night and 10-30% humidity during the day? I reeeeaaally want one with the frilly tendrils

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exo View Post
    Define "low humidity"......because where I live, 30% is considerted low....in places like some parts of florida low might be considered 50%
    I'd suspect that low humidity is pretty much the same in Pennsylvania as it is in New York. It gets pretty dry in my basement in the winter because it's not airtight. I do try to put water into the air by various means, but I'm pretty sure it has gotten down into the 30% range at times when it was particularly cold and dry outside.

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    well i guess i know what im buying next ive been wanting one soooooo bad, do u think id b better off with a younger plant?

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    I don't know what you mean by "better off," rball. Age doesn't make a difference in culture except for the size of the pot. They do grow pretty slowly, so if you get a younger plant it might be a while before it has any size to it.

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