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    Going on vacation, what to do?

    Hello,
    I'm leaving for vacation tonight but my only problem is I have nobody to water my neps. Because of this I think what I'm going to do is set them in shallow trays with about one inch of water (1/2" for plants with a mix with a lot of LFS in it) I'm only going to be gone for a week and they are going to stay in my mini greenhouse with the humidifier and fans running so humidity should stay pretty high. My neighbor will turn of the lights at night and refill the humidifier when empty. I would let my neighbor water them but she kinda killed a few orchids the last time i let her water my plants and Id rather not risk losing over $500 in nepenthes from lack of water or too much. Do you think this would be OK because they might be a little wet but I'd rather them be slightly wet rather than bone dry or drowning. Your imput is appreciated!
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    Aww, should've asked this sooner. I could have babysat yours. I hope they turn out well.
    I think that sounds pretty good. The second mine get bone try (hasnt happened in a year) They always die immediately, so make sure they stay wet.
    Where you going? If it's to NC I could direct you to soome cp places
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    If it helps, I went down to Daytona Beach in January for a week and just had my lights and ultrasonic fogger on a timer and when I got back, the only thing that looked really bad was my Heliamphora. The moss was completely bleached white, but the plant was fine. I made sure everything was as soaked as possible before I left though...

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    Hey Adam! Actually I'm going up to the northern tip of Michigan and I didn't think about asking you next time I'll remember to ask Id definently rather have you taking care of them than leaving them alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikefallen13 View Post
    Hey Adam! Actually I'm going up to the northern tip of Michigan and I didn't think about asking you next time I'll remember to ask Id definently rather have you taking care of them than leaving them alone.
    Ok. I'm just a little worried about taking care of your hamata for next time, but it should be fine.
    Michigan, eh? I'm not good with cities in Michigan, but if you're near Mass I would shoot him a PM https://www.terraforums.com/forums/members/7760.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizasaur
    Minor x Purp I actually have. Well,technically it's Minor Okee x Psitt Green.

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    1/2" for plants with a mix with a lot of LFS in it
    When I leave on a trip I fill up the water tray that the nepenthes are in.
    They are always fine when I come back, so I wouldn't worry about drowning them.
    If your trip is ever longer than 2 weeks I would have someone water them (or automated RO misters) to prevent root rot.


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    What about setting up a wick system for the time your gone? Ive done this with orchids and it worked great for me. Two or 3 wicks per pot would probably work great. I used just regular string.

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    Sorry to revive this old thread. I've got the same problem here... my company is sending me off to Ireland for three weeks in October and I don't have anyone to water my plants. I've got some Neps, Dews, a few VFTs and a nice Sarr that I would hate to lose. If I flooded ALL my plants with 5-6" of water and let it evaporate over the three weeks, do you think I'd lose any of them??

    EDIT: if there are automated watering/misting systems you'd recommend for a grow rack, please let me know where I can find more info!

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