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    I will soon be a first time owner of a young bicalcarata 'red flush'. I live in southern alabama and the growing conditions during the day seem about right (high humidity and temp). During the day I plan to have it outside under a sort of netting that provides 50% sun 50% shade, but at night I have to bring it in because of dem dang coons are a possible threat (they have been known to knock plants over consistently [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] ) The temp. inside is about 73 deg with low humidity. I have a little terranium that I could put it in. My question is if I just mist the plant and the terranium during the night would that substain the right amount of humidity until I would be able to put it outside again in the morning.
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    Nepenthes bicalcarata is a lowland swamp species and requires consistently high humidity in the 80%+ range and bright light for optimum growth and pitchering. I would just leave it in the terrarium if I were you, making sure the temps are never below 70-75*F at night and 85-95*F in the daytime. Remember a well tended N. bicalcarata will very soon become a behemoth! You will need to think of what you will do with it in a year or two. I have one of the red trap variety which is 58 inches in diameter now and will likely grow another 12-24 inches before it is full diameter and begins to climb. I got this plant at 12" in diameter in only June of 2002! So you will have a big plant to contend with quite fast if you can give it the care it needs. I received some small 2" typical orange variety bicals in december 2002 and they are 8" in diameter now. The more you water it the faster it grows it seems. I sit bical in a tray of water (1/2-1" deep) so the soil is always plenty wet. Allow to dry a few days between refilling the tray.

    Despite the monstrous size I think everyone should have a bical, they're such fun, impressive and easy plants! If it wasn't for the need for water and humidity it would probably make a great houseplant.

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    Thanks!
    I had no idea bicalcarata could get so big! My terranium is fairly small so I will have to get a larger one as time goes on.
    I also didn't know you could use the watering tray method so I'll give it a shot when it comes. thanks agian for sharing advice and how big your bical.s are [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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    Another quick question. I got a plexi glass lid for the terranium that covers it fully when I read in a post a while back to cover the terranium "MOST OF THE WAY". The terranium itself is 9 inches across so should the lid be only 8 or 7 inches across?

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    No the Lid should be on fully. But you want air flow so have a little crack open and have a little fan blowing ito th terrarium. I would suggest getting a small 2 tier Greenhouse for your N. Bic later on. But for know have it in a 15 gallon tank with one of the humidifers that PFT sells, they work great. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    I keep my lowland terrariums as sealed as possible without actually taping the joins closed! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I feel my lowlanders grow better this way. I know almost everyone says the contrary and that gaps in the lid are needed for lowland plants. For me it works better wth the lids totally covered than if I have fans in the chambers or a gap in the lid. I can not keep the humidity high enough when there is a gap in the lid. My lowland chambers are hot, stagnant and steamy. I am satisfied with the conditions when I stick my face in and begin to sweat. The leaves on the plants feel as warm as the air. My own plants seem to agree with my care but it may simply depend upon what you acclimate your plants to.

    My highland chamber has an "elaborate" (someone else called it that not me) fresh, cool air and ultrasonic fog setup and an extra oscilating fan under the bench for total circulation. The highland plants seem to like this.

    I had bought an extra oscilating fan for my large lowland chamber and thought I'd be doing the plants a treat but they did not respond well at all. The fan now sits on somones table at work! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Thanks for everyone's help [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Quote (swords @ July 27 2003,1:19)
    I keep my lowland terrariums as sealed as possible without actually taping the joins closed! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I feel my lowlanders grow better this way. I know almost everyone says the contrary and that gaps in the lid are needed for lowland plants. For me it works better wth the lids totally covered than if I have fans in the chambers or a gap in the lid. I can not keep the humidity high enough when there is a gap in the lid.[/QUOTE]
    Same thing with me. In my terrarium I also have a bical and they are very cool plants. I have tried to leave a crack open in the top and put on a fan but the humidty drops, and very fast too, so I always have to turn the fan off and cover the terrarium and keep it that way. Plus my bical likes it hot and steamy.

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