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    Newbie needs help! Trying to grow N. villosa Tambuyukon

    I just can't help my self and I just fell in love with this species. So a bought this tiny but beautiful seedling. Has five awesome colored pitchers and one coming out. Now I don't want to kill it. My cool greenhouse where I grow my cool growing orchids is get 54 F or lower in the evening and during the day it is set at 72 F and may reach up to 77 F. Humidity is from 51 to 99. I water with RO but my misters and swamp cooler is tap (Reno has a ph of 8.8 ). I thinking of putting it in front of the swamp cooler which I measure to have a temp of 70F during the day and humidity at 75 or higher. Any tips on how to grow this species.

    Thanks in advance.

    Ramon




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    This form seems to generally be more tolerant of warm temperatures, your current temps should be fine. However, keep a close eye on the acidity of the soil, if your tap water is that basic then the plant can perish quickly if its not getting a soil acidity of around 4-5.5ph.
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    Try not to move it. My N. villosa plants tend to do just fine when they are left in the same spot. Make sure it never dries out. Try to not get water on the leaves. Make sure the you have live sphagnum and something else in the potting media to give it some air pockets in the pot, e.g. perlite, bark, etc. Watch out for fungus. Try to provide good air movement, but high humidity. The cool nights you have will help. High light is good, but watch for leaf burning.
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    This locale is much more tolerant than the plants from Mt. Kinabalu. Mine put up with some very warm temps this summer and is just fine.

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    Thanks!

    Ramon
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    I got my quarterly water analysis and the results are ph is 7.91, Hardiness is 33.004 ppm and chlorine residual is 0.91 ppm. I do use RO to water them.

    Ramon

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    N. villosa (TY) 1 year growing

    I was told to trim the moss around it and I decided to take picture. I think it is doing Ok but it is sooooooo slow!!!!!!!!! Now all my misters are RO water same as for watering. It gets occasionally fertilized with coffee. I wish I can grow it like Butch.

    Anymore tips?

    Ramon

    N. villosa (Tambyukon)

    Last edited by rdlsreno; 10-01-2015 at 10:40 AM.

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    Tips? Transcendental meditation will help you pass the time LOL! Nothing is going to make this species speed up. It could take a decade to raise an adult plant from this size. But I assume you know that.

    It looks very happy, so you're doing things right. IIABDFI (if it ain't broke, don't fix it)

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