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    apple rings.. what more can i say? FlytrapGurl's Avatar
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    I have my little Nepenthes I got a couple months ago in my room b/c it's getting WAY too cold for it outside; but it's not doing so well where it is... I think it's b/c it's getting no natural light whatsoever. It's just barely pitchering very small, permanently closed pitchers and isn't growing very fast. I'm thinking about getting a growlight for it. Exactly how should I use one? The only thing I don't know is how far away I should put the light, and, how the heck do I suspend it above the lil' guy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
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    flytrapgirl, if i recall correctly you got a N. ventricosa that you bought a short time ago. that plant is considered a highland Nepenthes and can tolorate the cold weather. as long as the temps stay above 50 it will be ok.
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    Ventricosa is an all-around Nep. Just like khasiana. Mine jsut endured a freeze to 20F and should come back. Most likely it would apprecaite the growlight.

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    if you are still wanting to hang a growlight up. hereis what ya do.

    1. place 2 hooks up into the ceiling make shore there is wood where you screw them into.

    2. take a chain 2 of them that are the same leanth and hang them from the hooks.

    3. from the chain hang a 4' flor. light

    4. place flor. light bulbs in the light fixture.

    5. plug it in.

    6. place the plant under the light.

    7. plug in a ultrasonic humidifier. fill it with water and turn it on.

    8. water the plant.

    9. well if i think of anything else i will edit the post.
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    An ultrasonic humidifier isn't nessacary but nice if you have the extra money to buy one. May be a good last-minute Christmas gift idea too! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Howdy,

    Just my quick 2 cents. Pitchers not opening and slow pitcher formation are usually a sign of low humidity in my experience. A growlight may not help in correcting those particular problems. Finding a cheap way to enclose the plant some may be a better alternative.

    Cheers,

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    I think a combination of factors. I agree with Pete's humidity assessment.

    If the plant is getting no natural light as you mention then some sort of light fixture would be beneficial.

    You could hang a 4 foot shoplight fixture from the ceiling or from a frame made of wood or PVC pipe. As long as there is some room to adjust it up and down a bit.

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    Well, the whole hang from the ceiling bit sounds hard, so, might it be just as good to place the plant in a 2 gallon fishtank and screw the bulb into the fixture on the tank?

    BTW what wattage should the bulb be, at the least? And is it okay if the the tank is acrylic, not glass?
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