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    Prematurely popping pitchers

    So, as the title suggests, I've been noticing a few pitchers on what should be pretty forgiving plants ( densiflora x ventricosa in particular) have been opening too early. My plants grow in 80-90% humidity 75degree days, 50 degree nights, on a 16 hour photoperiod. Part of me thinks maybe the photoperiod is too long but I wanted to get some opinions. It's frustrating to watch a new pitcher for weeks only to have it pop before its fully developed!! Any help would be appreciated.
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    are they getting enough water

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    They definitely get enough water. I baby the hell out of these plants. They're misted several times a day and watered thoroughly every other day.

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    I think it might be the photoperiod. I haven't seen neps on anything longer than 14. Maybe put it to 12/12?
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    OK, I'm thinking that's it too. They get pretty intense light and maybe I'm pushing them too hard. Ill lower it by an hour a week.

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    that is very interesting... ime i get premature pops when the humidity is too low or when the plant needs more water, seems like those bases are covered though.

    are you growing them in a terra? i've had experiences where lower levels of the tank were not the same as higher areas.
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    They are in a terrarium but I have eggcrate elevated pretty close to the lights so everyone gets the same amount. I just added a new 2 lamp t5 fixture as I begin upgrading my lighting, so now they're under 4 t8s and 2 t5s.

    Does anyone else use a 16hr photoperiod successfully? The only thing I can think is that it's too long for neps and that maybe I'm pushing them too hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dionysos86 View Post
    Does anyone else use a 16hr photoperiod successfully? The only thing I can think is that it's too long for neps and that maybe I'm pushing them too hard.
    I do. Mine are under t8's and cfl's. I run them approx 15.5-16.5 hours a day. No complaints from the plants. For a few months I ran them even longer, also no complaints from the plants.

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