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    Nepenthes maxima general care?

    Hello, I'm new here and I was looking into getting a new nepenthes. I already have what I think is a ventricosa hybrid of some kind. I was looking into a maxima or maxima hybrid. I was wondering about general humidity and temperature. Is high humidity bad for them? I know they're highlanders and I think they like lower humidity. It gets really humid where I'm from in summer. Also, is there a difference between nepenthes maxima x fusca and nepenthes "gentle"? From what I've read they seem the same.

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    No Nepenthes "like" lower humidity, but many will tolerate it, especially hybrids. And yes, N. maxima x fusca is N. 'Gentle'. It should do well in the same care as your vent hybrid.

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    It's pretty hard to go wrong with N. maxima hybrids, most can be grown on a windowsill provided a bit more special attention than what you would give to the typical houseplant. I've found that for the windowsill Nepenthes species and hybrids I grow good light and a decent temperature drop at night (~10-15F) are the most important factors that go into pitcher production. What's the general climate of where you're located? That will help determine what types of Nepenthes you can probably grow without a special setup.

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    Thanks for the advice. I think the one I have is a ventrata, in case you're wondering. Though you're probably not. I was also curious about soil. Is a 50/50 mix of orchid Bark and long fiber spagnum good? Are there any mixes you recommend? Sorry about the numerous questions.
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    50/50 orchid bark and Sphagnum is a good general mix, although what works best for you will depend upon your conditions and watering schedule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SerMuncherIV View Post
    It's pretty hard to go wrong with N. maxima hybrids, most can be grown on a windowsill provided a bit more special attention than what you would give to the typical houseplant. I've found that for the windowsill Nepenthes species and hybrids I grow good light and a decent temperature drop at night (~10-15F) are the most important factors that go into pitcher production. What's the general climate of where you're located? That will help determine what types of Nepenthes you can probably grow without a special setup.
    Hot and humid summers and cold winters. I have to bring the plants in during winter. There is a decent temp drop at night of around 10-15 degrees. Again thank you all.

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    Thanks for the answer on soil. It's funny, every time I post something there's an answer to my last one.

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    Another question, I've heard about using heavily diluted fertilizer on nepenthes and then soaking the plant with a ton of water to "flush" the soil of excess salts. I was pretty surprised when I heard this. I thought that fertilizer with cp's was a big no. I'd never do it to my vft's, which I have more experience with. What's your experience?
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