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    A few questions I'm hoping to have answered...

    I want to gat an N. lowii to add to my collection. Right now, I am able to, by a combination of ice and airconditioning vent blowing on my greenhouse, get the temperature in my greenhouse to hover around 55 deg F. (It's a small greenhouse in my room- yes I am crazzzzy about neps) [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    -Is 55 deg F a good temperature for lowii.

    For my current highland expiriment I am growing N. ramispina and N. x judith finn H/L in the same greenhouse. When daylight comes, I move my plants outside under the shade of a large patio umbrella.

    -Would an N. lowii be able to take the daytime temps in Florida (in the shade)? That seems to be working so far for my other highlanders. I've had my ramispina for abou 3/4 of a year and after several bird attacks [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] , and after the hanging pot fell upsidedown on my plant [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] , it has produced three healthy pitchers and seems to be growing fine now (switching between the greenhouse at night and outside in the daytime). My judith finn is also growing well. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I'ts the night time temps that matter most right? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

    Also, I'd love to hear suggestions about any highlanders that would do really well in that situation (especially really interesting ones). I have khasiana & maxima already. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    I am going to try to get some more highlanders when christmas comes around (the purpose of this post). I am planning on getting 2-4 neps (one of those hopefuly being an N. lowii)

    Thanks in advance, Hamata [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]

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    sounds like it should be ok most of the time. The night temps are sufficient but make sure it is humid at night, a quick misting on the way to bed goes a long way. I would keep it inside on the really hot days.

    curious, how does your khasiana do under those conditions, if mine grew any slower it would be frozen in time.


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    joseph,

    The N. ramispina & the N. judith finn H/L are the ones I am moving between the greenhouse and outside.

    My khasiana I keep oustide at all times- khasiana is one of the few highlanders that tolerates lowland conditions. I got it maybe about six months ago. At that time it was just several inches wide. Now the leafspan is about a foot wide. The plant however, (grown from seed) had been grown outside all its life in lowlander temps. You might try expirimenting with putting yours in lowlander conditiond or maybe intermediate.

    Regards, Hamata

    PS allow me to go a step further: would an N. raja do well in the same situation? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Yes the night time temperature is more important although excessively hot during the day would stress them also. What are the daytime temps?

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    The daytime temps stay pretty constant. Most of the year it stays between 75-85+ F(closer to 85 than 75). Summer is more like 80-95+ F and winter it stays closer to 75 than 85 and sometimes it gets down to the upper 60s.

    Just like joseph suggested, I will leave the plants inside when it's really hot. Also, the plants are always in high humidity. I mist them several times a day when they're outside, and I mist them When I bring them inside (where the humidity stays at 100%).

    Hamata

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    Keeping the day time temps out of the 90 range especially for Ultrahighland and most highland plants. They will most likley show stress and/or wilting. I have my greenhouse set to cool at around 83F. I know this is not very practical in Florida unless you have an evaporative cooler or other serious cooling equipment! I would suggest a big box fan or table fan to circulate air around the plants. If possible in your mini-greenhouse maybe mount a small desk fan (just remove the bottom platform) and then you can plug it in and switch the speed (if there is a control on it) to your desirement. Might wanna go for 60% shading and higher if temps can hit 95F.

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    Just to clarify...
    My mini greenhouse is inside my house. When I put the highlanders outside, they are in open air under a big green patio umbrella (no greenhouse outside, but the umbrella gives good shading).

    Also, it does get hotter than 90 F in Florida, but on those days, I keep my plants inside. The question is, how many days would a highlander go without light and not be stressed?
    Maybe I'll get a light and put in my greenhouse inside. It is made out of plastic, so i'll have to get one that doesn't make to much heat.

    Hamata

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    Hi,

    from my experience N. lowii won't like low humidity conditions at all. The plant will grow but won't pitcher. Rob Cantley (borneo) posted some very good information concerning the cultivation of N. lowii some time ago - try the search feature.

    I also would recommend a more automated type of setup. Taking the plants in and out every day might spoil your fun growing these plants in the long run.

    Joachim

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