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    hmm seems to be a bit of a controversy here...

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    I've had luck with Nepenthes seeds in relatively high temps and humidity (when I was in NM I had a 10-gallon terrarium with two 25-watt CFL bulbs inside to germinate and grow Nepenthes, Byblis, and Drosera seeds, even during 80-degree-Fahrenheit summer days in the house), but I had the most luck with the lowland/intermediate species and hybrids. I don't have much experience with rarer highland seeds, but consistent temps of 55 degrees Fahrenheit does sound a bit too low. Raising day temps a bit couldn't hurt...

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    Ok so I think I'm going to relocate the seeds from the basement and put some super high tech humidity conditioners over the tops of the pots (aka. plastic cups + saran wrap) and find a way to keep them at 60-70˚F... sounds good! thanks guys!

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    Save for the inermis, I have had very good success so far with placing the same kinds of seeds in temps of about 75-85 degrees F during the day, and dropping the temps to 55 F at night, and they were sown on a mix of 1:1 LFS/perlite. I haven't tried germinating N. inermis, but I would assume it would like the same conditions as the other two.
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    Sounds good! Just watch out for fungus attacks - chances increase for that if the air is too humid and gets too little circulation.

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    uh hmm general observation. Your light source looks kind of weak based on the photo. Personally I think I would be more concerned about the Cephalotus sitting in such a cold wet environment.
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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    I sow my Nepenthes seeds alongside my adult plants, so they experience the exact same temperatures as the parent plants. I get plenty of germination. I think it is somewhat misleading to state that Highland Nepenthes MUST have warm temps to germinate, since this is not how it works in their habitat.

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    I use the warm temps for germination purposes only. It gives them a nice little kick start. Once the seedlings get their 1st pitchers they're potted up and moved to normal highland conditions. I only have problems with sudden death of seedlings if the seeds were very old to begin with.

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