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    Other than fusca what are the highland plants in your collection? Most of them like around 65* at night (and even colder is better). Also an airconditioner will dry out the air (thanks for the info a while back Tony) so you'll need to have a humidifier running at the same time you have the AC on if the plants are in contact with that cooled air.

    I have my highland enclosure hooked up to an airconditioner by a dryer duct & vent hose with a hose from the humidifier intercepting the vent hose just before it reaches the enclsoure (horray for duct tape). This gives me 80-100% humidity at night and 50* (maybe less in winter-we'll see). I hooked up the ultrasonic humidifier and AC to timers so it's all done automatically and All I have to do is water, feed and enjoy my plants (and refill the humidifier)! At this time of year you can get a 5,000 BTU window airconditioner at hardware superstores and drug stores for about $99 and it'll keep a real large collection cool (a 10'ft x 10ft room I think...) and the Vicks 2 gal capacity ultrasonic humidifier (model V5100) will run about $30-$45.

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    hehh.. swords, maybe those things can keep a space where YOU live that cool... in Texas, that's like, enough for about 10 square inches! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] jk... seems like it sometimes though!

    Seriously though, I have noticed since summer has arrived and ambient temps are higher, that the Rocco X Fusca I have has not been doing as well... I am thinking about trading it, as long as I can turn around and get a cutting off it at a later date... Who knows...

    it's a pretty cool plant...
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    Cool

    I have one Fusca, three Ventricosas, two sanguineas (one chocalate and one ordinary), and an assortment of lowlanders who are quite happy. I suspect the light might have been the case bcs my Merriliana (one purchased from this site) was getting a reddish tinge on the leaves so I had to move it to the side, away from the light more.

    Another question I recently bought and ampullaria and it was leaning heavely so I tied to a small bamboo pole to keep it from crushing stuff I noticed my Hookerianas (Amp x Raff) are doing the same thing. They have totally started growing sideways. It's not too much weight I just assumed they did that. Perhaps they are growing away from the light...

    I've moved one ventricosa to a location with stronger light. I will see what happens with it. I'm inclined to disagree with you Tony bcs the plants have been in the same terrarium before the AC came on for about 2 months. It was about 90-05 degrees during the day and 85 at night. They seemed happy. (All except the fusca which has never been happy)

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    Plants don't grow away from too strong light. They grow towards the strongest light source. Merrilliana should have a red tinge to the leaves.

    What kind of light source are you using? How many watts? and how close to the plants? Also is the terrarium getting any light from a window or something nearby?

    Ventricosa and sanguinea although technically highlands will tolerate warm temperatures usually without difficulty. Fusca is less likely to take it as well. A clear sign the plant is heat stressed is that it is growing fast with smaller pitchers. (not to mention you do say that the fusca has never been happy)

    You mention they were happy (except the fusca) for 2 months before you had the AC going and that temperatures were even higher than they are now. 2 months is not enough time to gage how well a Nepenthes is doing with it's growing temperature range.
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    OK, I'll track them for a while and see what happens...

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