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    Quote Originally Posted by Halt View Post
    I hang pots in trees.
    LOL. Hmm, maybe a large over sized drink umbrella to provide some shade, thanks!


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    Unless he lived in LL tropics, I don't think there would be enough humidity outside to sustain northiana.
    For sure, I mean Long Island has quite its share of humid days in heat of summer, but having those sometimes dryyy hottt summer days was something I was concerned about when I was thinking of moving it outside...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregNY View Post
    LOL. Hmm, maybe a large over sized drink umbrella to provide some shade, thanks!




    For sure, I mean Long Island has quite its share of humid days in heat of summer, but having those sometimes dryyy hottt summer days was something I was concerned about when I was thinking of moving it outside...
    Yeah..one major rule to keeping northiana, it's that it likes humidity..alot of it. I've seen them grown in low humidity, but it's rare and very hard to do successfully.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    Hi Greg, I've been attempting to grow northiana for a really long time (lost 5 in the past ) and now, I've kinda got the hang of it. So I'll share a few of my experiences growing this stunning but fussy nepenthes....

    If you intend to move the plant, I would say the number one problem you will have to deal with is HUMIDITY. Change in humidity will easily stunt or set back the plant for a while. Otherwise, this nep can tolerate changes in other growing factors quite well. I would advise against direct sunlight (though the plant certainly can take it). Recently, I've allowed my northiana (about your size) to bask under direct tropical sunlight from 3-5 pm for nearly two months. You'll get smaller leaves, smaller pitchers and slower growth but more colourful pitchers . To me, I find that the perfect light level is in the borderline between indirect and direct sunlight. Of course, high humidity is a MUST no matter whatever the conditions. I notice you grow your northiana in a pot that has a bigger diameter than the plant? I'm doing the same the relative humidity will be higher as the moisture in the surface of the media around the plant will evaporate slowly.

    It's always important to remember that northiana's utmost important requirement would be humidity. Media would be another problem, but I think you've got the right mixture of media, don't you? After all, you've been growing well for two years, eh?

    As for temperature, my conditions are lowland to intermediate. It's the dry and hot season now in Malaysia and daytime temperatures easily rocket into 33 C. Previously, during the raining season, daytime temperatures were 28 C and intermediate temperatures in the night. And? Bleh! It doesn't really complain! As long as it's not too cold, this nep will tolerate temperature well.

    Just remember, humidity is really important for nepenthes northiana. Other growers might dispute this, but I stand firm in my opinion! Significant drops in humidity will result in the plant going into stasis for a long long time. Good luck!
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    Hello Rokosauros, thanks for the great input. Humidity is definitely one thing I do well for this plant. Based on what I've read here, elsewhere, and from you, I think I'm deciding against bringing the plant outside as the humidity levels vary way to much where I live.

    That being said, I think I may be providing too much direct light. I'm no lighting expert but I think having it in its location about an est 18inches from a 6400k 125w bulb, surrrounded by mylar for better light reflection, may be stunting its growth. I'll try to find a pic of what it looked like when I got it to find out from you, or someone, if I'm on the right track as far as its progression of growth.

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    I saw somewhere they were talking about the northiana liking a more alkaline media such as limestone or perlite and at the time mine was in pure lfs so I repotted it. I put in strait perlite but left about 1/2" lfs as a top dressing and to keep it slightly acidic. It has been in the new media for 2 or 3 months now and is absolutely loving it new conditions, plus the vigor has increased and the plant although still small is looking really healthy. Hope this helps all those with the northianas

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    Thanks, can't believe you just posted that as I was just reading about using less acidic medium. I hate to have to repot but I think it would be for the best as right now its purely LFS...

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    Nice, yeah mine showed up potted in pure lfs and looked healthy but after several months in the lfs it started dropping leaves. After I repotted into the perlite it filled back out and started making gains in leaf and pitcher size. Repotting can be a royal pain especially if it is in lfs but I'm really glad I took the time and care to repot the northiana.

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    I saw a photo of someone growing one in pure perlite, but I can't find it I think it was in an undrained glass vase, but don't hold me to that. Pretty sure it was pure perlite though.

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