Even more impressive then!
that is all for now
A true Nepenthes paradise!
Thanks for sharing!
That's just.....I dream of having such amazing plants, that is just perfection.
I've been curious about winter lighting in your climate - you find no need to have any supplemental lighting during the 'dim' months?
I know some other growers do this (but not sure what species they feel necessary to augment). Siggi H. was most recent I saw mentioning it...
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Actually, I do have a four tube, four foot T5 unit suspended from the peak of the GH roof, to add a few lumens from November through March; I turn it on just before dawn and leave it on till around 9pm. In terms of adding significant light intensity, I don't imagine it does a lot, as it is four feet from most of the plants (or further), but I think the extra five hours a day of modest supplemental light probably helps a bit. It's hard to say, since I've done this both winters I've had a Nepenthes house, so I can't make a comparison. All I know is that all of my plants continue to grow, bloom and pitcher all winter long, with almost the same enthusiasm as they do in June. As you know, my collection is a very broad mix of species and hybrids, and to be honest, I don't make much effort to arrange plants according to lighting needs (except that the Cephalotus get front row seating on the south wall), and everything is growing well. (Well, I have a couple of sulkers that I am assessing to determine what their problems are....we all have some of those, right?)
I will say this: when I visited a local CP nursery mid-December of last year, I was surprised by how dark their Nepenthes house was, even with a few shop lights to boost lighting on the lower levels. Their GH roofing materials allowed far less light transmission than my GH does. (it's glass, except for the roof panels which are twin-wall polycarbonate, and those have something like a 93% transmission rate) Compared to their Nepenthes house, my GH is much more open and brighter, which likely makes a difference especially on grey winter days.
Last edited by Whimgrinder; 12-12-2012 at 06:16 PM.
Yeah, I've noticed something too...even in winter, my windowsill Nepenthes have good color and growth, despite almost never seeing sun, and often look better than the ones I have under shoplights. My natural sun exposed plants are also the only ones that flower, despite having a mini sun hooked up in my basement. So it seems that nepenthes need far less sunlight than they do artificial light to perform well.