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    thanks everybody. I have some moss soaking now to get ready for replanting. I can't really lower my light levels without killing baby vfts but the light is provided by florescent tubes external to the grow chamber so I don't believe they will affect humidity. My meter always seems to read over 90% humidity.

    Borneo, I have N. ephippiata, N. spectabilis, N. ovata and some N. Amps. The amps are larger (3-4cm) and don't look great but they do appear to be growing slowly despite the browning of older leaves.

    Thanks everyone. These plants weren't cheap and I really don't want to lose them.

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    Joe, all the Neps. except for one of them the N. Amp. are all highland Neps. they do require a cold period at night. if you have them in a lowland set up you might want to move them. to a colder set up at night and raise the humidity to 90-100% try to keep them at 55-60 degrees for a night time temp.
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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] Quite a mixed bunch. As George said, you'll need to treat the highlanders differently from the N. amps (eventually). The N. amps probably won't mind having their roots in a wet environment, but the others will need to be treated carefully. We've found that in general you can waive the night-time minimums and grow highlanders in warm lowland conditions for at least several weeks with no ill effect provided they are returned to highland conditions fairly soon.

    Higher temperatures promotes root formation and we sometimes use the technique of plainting out highlanders from sterile culture in the lowlands and keeping them here for a while. Hope that helps.
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    Joe, i wouldn't wave the night time drop right now due to you just got them in the mail and they most likly are in shock right now. with not having seen light or anything for a little while. so do treat the plant with some TLC and follow up with the misting and everything else.
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    Hi Joseph, what size of plants did you order? A diameter of one or two cm is a very small size to sell them and most first time customers would have big trouble establishing those plants, especially when they are not hardened off from TC - Of course all reputable sources do harden them off for some weeks at least. Small roots are not that unusual for very small plants though. In case the plants don't meet the description I do strongly recommend contacting the seller and try sorting it out.

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    See the baby neps in the top right hand corner...I keep them in perlite...and surround the stem with a little live sphagnum to keep the humidity high...until the roots start to grow and they put out one or two new pitchers, then I transfer them to peat...

    They were basal shoots that I removed from the mother plant...
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    Cindy, Can't see the pic, but my amps are large enough to be in a regular pot. There could be less peat moss in there and more LFS but they will live. I have prerlite but I prefer orchid bark because it should do the same job as well as add some nutrition to the mix. They run from 70-80 on the temp and hi humidity.

    All of the baby plants presently reside in what I call my highland tank, but the chamber only gets down to 68 at night and up to 84 during the day, I could possibly lower it a little more by turning off a fish tank heater I keep in a bucket of bubbly water. This would mostly likely affect my humidity and I don't think my VFTs would appreciate going too much below 70deg. So, is 68 low enough for highlands?

    Also, I just have them all a light spritz of weak superthrive but the pitchers are way to small to even attempt aiming for, will this stuff be absorbed through the leaves?

    Too late to replant last night, will do this weekend or tonight. I'm going with LFS/orchid/peat, good? I use rainwater so I'm not adding charcoal.

    thanks again
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