I noticed that most website recommend that you give nepenthes at least a 14-16 hours light cycle in order to grow them properly. With that information, I ponder if anyone has exposed nepenthes to a more intense light cycle ? Say 20-24 hours a day , with little to no night cycle ?
I am currently doing this right now to experiment but I just wonder if anyone has done it before and would like to share their findings. If not, then I would love to hear your nepenthes light/night cycle and recommending for the future.
Set up: I have 3 T5 6500K spectrum bulbs on the terrarium. 2 of the of T5 runs for 18 hours a day, while the other one runs for 24 hours a day. Temperature during day : 70-75 F.
Temperature at night : 60-63 F
Humidity : 80-90%
Fan inside running at half speeds: lower temperature and circulate air.
This has been going on for 30 days.
Automatic misting unit sprays them every hour for 4 seconds.
Findings 11/11/14: all nepenthes are adjusting, some of the old leaves are dying but growing more big and darker ones. Pitcher production is normal. No information on if the light so far has decrease pitcher size.
In additions, half of nepenthes have been fertilized with osmocote ( 16-9-12 ). 1 osmocote pellet was drop into the pitcher. None were put into the soil. This was to observed what happen if nepenthes had an increase in a light cycle plus some fertilizing. The osmocote pellet was introduce 30 days ago, at the start of the experiment.
I will update the information each month. Sorry for my English.
I will also put picture here when I have time.
Nepenthes are doing fine.
Those that were exposed to an osmocote pellet grew quite well: double on leaf size and some has increase pitcher since the last time. Interesting enough, I believe one is shooting out an 2 additional growth points. Albeit, said one hasn't been making any pitcher for a month now. One is starting to kill off two of pitcher.
Controlled group: No sign of distress yet. Normal leaf and pitcher size as before.