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    tips for intermediate nepenthes care

    I have a few intermediates in my possession and while I do not anticipate them hanging around long there is always a chance 1 of them might not find a home in the short run...

    From what I have gathered they generally like:

    -lots of light

    -lower humidity

    -damp soil

    -mild temps


    I have setup a temporary terrarium for them but need some more specific cultivation info in case i decide to try to turn it into a houseplant.


    -light:

    guessing easterly facing windows ?


    -humidity:

    guessing 30-50% ?


    -Soil:

    damp ?
    will lfs work ?


    -Temp:
    60-70's ?


    thx in advance.

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    Some more experienced people will surely have more to offer you, but I'll try my best!
    Light, most intermediates can handle a sunny window in my experience, although having it shaded won't hurt.
    Humidity, 30-50% should be fine for most, although they won't mind higher humidity. But 30-50% will work!
    Soil, damp but not soggy. LFS is fine when mixed with something else to make it drain faster. 1:1 LFS to perlite will work fine, but some heavier mixes with charcoal, orchaid bark thrown in can definitely help.
    Temps, household temps will be fine on the window. The slight drop at nighttiem they ge will aslo be helpful.

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    can they handle direct sunlight and or outside/80-85 degree temps?

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    To say they "like" lower humidity isn't quite right, but they can certainly TAKE lower humidity. They won't complain if you give them higher humidity. I personally like to keep most of my plants hardened off, so that they are acclimated to lower humidity. That way i don't need to fuss about keeping their humidity high.

    They can take dirrect sun outside, but they will need time (a few weeks minimum) to acclimate to the UV light if they have previously been grown inside or in lower light. They'll do better with dappled light, or with just a couple hours of dirrect light with filtered light the rest of the day. Many can take more sun given more time to acclimate. I wouldn't recomend puting them outside now though, as fall is coming on! Put them outside in the spring when temps are warm enough so they have time to acclimate and grow well durring the growing season.

    Don't worry about temps into the 80's, but let them cool down into 60s or 70s at night (depending on what you're growing).

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    I grow my intermediates on my plant rack so I can't talk about sunlight, but they do ok in 30 - 50% humidity (no misting) with temps ranging from daytime 89 to night 71 summer, and quite a bit cooler in winter.

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    My hardened-off intermediates live on my deck in a corner that the sun never directly hits. Even after being there for months they still burn pretty badly if I try to put them in direct sun. In the spring and fall it's the perfect spot for them. In the summer when it's in the 90s they just stop pitchering. I also water them often, both to keep the soil moist and to keep the local humidity up. In my experience when humidity is below 40% they'll pitcher, but the pitchers will only last a couple weeks before drying up.

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    I grow mine in a West facing window and they do amazingly. Humidity stays around 60%, they get watered at least once a day, are potted in a mix of bark, charcoal, perlite, and Sphagnum, and experience temps in the high 70s during the day and high 60s at night.

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    My conditions are just like yours Wire Man in the late Spring to Fall but late Fall to Winter daytime temps are in the low to upper 60's and at night anywhere in the upper 40's to 50's. I grow my plants in a very airy mixture of bark, charcoal, perlite, dried Sphagnum and a small handfull of peat (sometimes) for "good luck". This is in a south exposure windowsill that because of my roof over hang gets much more direct sunlight in the Winter than in the Summer. This really works out very well for me and I feel I am lucky because of this but I simply cannot grow intermediates without them suffering during the winter too much that they carry on into the summer still very weak because of it. My Highlanders grow very well however. I had to give all my intermediates away which was kind of a bummer.

    Basically, I never turn on my heater during the Winter.
    Last edited by N_CloudySkies; 09-11-2012 at 12:27 PM.

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