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    I would not have guessed that spagnum moss would be harder to keep than the nepenthes. Any other ideas for humidity? What about dead spagnum or some other moss?

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    I wouldn't really worry about humidity with ventrata. It will tolerate extremely dry air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benurmanii View Post
    I wouldn't really worry about humidity with ventrata. It will tolerate extremely dry air.
    What about pure alatas though, which is what my plant is marked as. It does, however look a lot like a ventrata.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtisconners View Post
    What about pure alatas though, which is what my plant is marked as. It does, however look a lot like a ventrata.
    We've had this discussion on TF recently. Most plants sold as N. alata are in fact Ventrata.

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    I think I saw that in the classifieds. Well, I still like it. Thanks for the help.

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    I just google imaged nepenthes alata, it's definitely a ventrata.

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    N. x ventrata is not a plant that needs to worry about humidity. While it will pitcher better in higher humidity, there are people around here who get it to pitcher when humidity might have an average max of 25%, and hover around 10-15% often. As for spraying the plant, I think it's basically been covered already but there's little real benefit unless there's some niche requirement it's fulfilling. It won't wet the soil enough to act as watering unless you soak the whole plant with mist, it can cause burning on the leaves if bright light is present, it may promote algal or fungal growth in some cases, etc...
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    Oddly enough (to play devil's advocate here and go against the majority), I have experimented with this on some of my nepenthes hybrids that I do grow on a windowsill, and have found that while in some cases it doesn't really make any difference at all, in others, some plants definitely seem to prefer it and will pitcher noticeably more/will keep more pitchers longer if I do it (and this is with keeping constant temperatures/light and generally stable environmental humidity, so it's definitely not just some fluctuation of one of those things)...obviously this is not a hard and fast rule, and I would agree strongly that ventrata adapts to low humidity perfectly well. So, in your case, I wouldn't think it would be necessary or particularly helpful. Try it out and if you see a noticeable difference, you'll have your answer.
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