I only have two Neps but here goes.
1). How many Nepenthes do you have?
2) Do you feed your plants?
a) No, they catch their own food
3) How do you water?
b) Overhead pouring
4) Where do you grow your Neps?
5) How do you supply lighting?
a) They're outdoors
7) What do you use for media (lowland)
a) I don't know, I use what the plant was in when I bought it
9) What temperature/humidity (lowland)?
The temp. ranges from 60F to 100F
The Humidity ranges from 50% to 100%
I guess I will either use windowsill of terrarium growing in the winter (late Nov - early March).
10) Any tricks that help them grow better/faster?
1. Hundreds of them.
2. They catch their own outside
3. Most strictly from outside rain and sprinkling overhead if necessary.
4. All are grown outdoors.
5. They receive light from outside conditions
6. Different mixes..sometimes 8 parts peat to 6 parts perlite with some orchid bark or lava rocks.
7. Same conditions for lowland and highland and they both seem to do quite well at my location.
10. Common sense cultivation. I am fortunate in that growing plants outdoors here seems to make them far hardier than most greenhouse conditions which means they can acclimate to greenhouse or terrarium conditions with little setback compared to greenhouse grown plants.
Lithopsman, I only use the A/C from June til September, then Minnesotas night time temps are cool enough the rest of the year that a 4" PC fan in the window blowing into the air inlet tube is enough to make the chamber have the correct cool night temps. Cuts down on operating costs and works just as good. I know an evaporative cooler is a panel with water running over it, the cooling and humidifying action is achieved by the surface area of water, temp of water and the amount of air flow. I don't know if you can make a small one that will be effective, try it out!
I had thought about it but if you see a greenhouses "swamp cooler" to be effective they are large. Orchids limited has one whole end of each of the greenhouses covered with huge swamp coolers and to be honest, they grow orchids great but it's still seems too dry for the nepenthes. The larger display neps tolerate the lower humidity better than the young ones.
Thanks!! I have a fan that I am thinking about rigging up with peltier cells, (see post in Terrarium forum) until now, I have used it for air circulation only, and I thought that fans only cooled things that perspirated... Thanks again!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
I don't know about fans cooling things that sweat, sweatology is not my forte! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
I simply use the fan to transport cool air from outside the window through a 4" diameter duct tube into the terrarium. The fan causes a breeze in the terrarium and transports the cool air. I don't know whether or not the wind from the fan will actually cool the plants.
If your blowing cool air into a warm space there will be a decrease in the air temperature.If you are blowing warm air into a warm place the air will likely not get any cooler. My system probably works because I am tranpsorting cool air from outside into a warm terrarium inside. I doubt just a fan in the terrarium would do anything spectacular for changing the air temp.
Ok, thanks!! I plan on doing the peltier thing though, it looks promising... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
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