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    i have purchaced my first N. Rajah and growing it under floreciant light and next to an ultrasonic humidifier. the day time temp. is 80 and night time temp i can only get it down to 75. the humdity is 80-85 during the day and 85-95 at night. the plant is only 8cm still a baby.
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    You will find that as your plant gets larger, it will stop pitchering and cease to grow well.
    75 F is far too high an overnight low for all but really small specimens of this species. Please
    try to find a way to reduce the overnight temperature to at least 60 F. I recommend the use
    of airconditioning or other refrigeration technology.

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    You need very cool night temps as Jeff mentioned. Without the cooling at night your Rajah will be a poor grower and will most likely die. To achieve sufficent cooling at night use frozen water bottles and place a thermometer preferably one that records how cold it gets and see just how cold you can get it around the Rajah at night. Temps in the 50 and high 40's are preferable for Ultrahighlands. My Rajah is at the moment 6 inches across and get's 50F naturally from my home location but with you in Florida you need to take more action into cooling it. I suggest also placing ice cubes around the pot. Just a few or else you will freeze the roots! You want it cool but not cold! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Good luck!

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    i got a bunch of 1 Ltr. coke bottels i save just for the heck of it. i got them in the freezer now and will place them around the plant tomorrow night. I'm an a/c tech. so building a box with a cooling system is my next project.
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    Good they sound like they will workout fine!
    You are darn lucky! I wish I could rig up a cooling unit for my Rajah and other Ultrahighlanders for use in the summer months. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

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    ok i got 6 1 Ltr. bottles that are frozen as a rock around the N. rajah tonight and kept one around it all day. i couldn't check the temp due to my digital thermometer battery is dead.
    it seems to be doing ok the new leaf that was coming out of it has oped up almost all the way.
    i did feel the water in the try and it seems to be really cold so that might help to. also i am putting ice in the ultrasonic humidifier so the vaper is alot colder than normal tape water
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    Sounds good. You might want second thoughts on the Ultrasonic though. The mist falling on the palnt is basically tap water, and that;s like misitng your plant with tap water, as long as your tap water is low in chorline or flurine and not hard I think you can use it just fine the way you are, however if it is city treated chorline and minerilized water it may be better to fill the utrasonic with distilled or RO water or Rain water.

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    the ultrasonic humidifier has a blue demineralization cartridge in the base of it
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