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    What will effect plants is evaporating water. I placed my misting heads overhead of my hanging ultrahighland plnats that are directly infront of the swamp cooler. When the mist builds up on thier leaves, the fresh cool air from outside drawn thru the pads cools the plants further. It like an personal cooling system again. Eventually the droplets evaporate and the plants are cooled down. I find N. lowii and hamata love this so far. N. glabrata appears to be responding better also since I placed a fine fogging head in front of the back vent.

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    How about using one of those little personal coolers like The Sharper Image has? eBeyonder, I know that you're in Singapore, but I think they do international orders...

    Here are some links:

    Personal cooler/heater

    Mini evaporative cooler

    Also, I was thinking that we could try to figure out how the mini evaporative cooler works, and then post a plan a little more geared towards smaller-medium highland terrariums and grow chambers. GOOD LUCK!! [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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    Thanks for the links and all the replies!

    Sigh, looks like I don't have the correct set-up for highland neps. I thought that the air-con would be enuff to keep them cool but apparently not. I'll persist with my current system of placing the lowii in my air-con room every night (covered and with a cup of water in the cover) and see how it goes.

    When my collection grows, I'll consider getting one of those coolers or a wine cooler as a highland chamber.

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    I don't mean to nake you feel bad, but lowii is a pretty darn hard nep to grow, so I don't know how it will do, but there are some stories of it adapting... GOOD LUCK!! [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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    I'll just hope for the best then [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    N. lowii can be grown as an intermediate in short term (a few months at the most). But in long terms needs ultrahighland conditions for a nice healthy vigorous plant. After moving mine from a terrarium cooled by ice to my greenhouse cooled by mist and swamp cooling it is doing fabulous. And our nightime lows now approaching 44 degrees Fahrenheit tonight will make it and N. villosa grow like grass! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Also just for a little laugh supposedly N. lowii can be adapted to lowland conditions....but this has not be proven, if so then maybe in a few years you'll be able to grow it along side an N. bicalcarata!

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    Hi all:

    The controversial topic of lowii always catches my attention.

    this is what Michael Catalani from Nep university says:

    "Temperature - Keeping the temperatures in the mid 80's with a night time drop into the low 60's seems to work very well, although nighttime drops into the 50's is more what it is accustomed to. I have grown it as an intermediate for about a year. It prefers a highland setup. Keeping the daytime temps out of the 90's is necessary, and if grown in a greenhouse, should be placed next to the swamp cooler".

    So it does not need to be 50's, just in the 60's and it should be fine. growing it as an intermediate for a year is a pretty long time!!.

    Agustin

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    I would not advise growing N. lowii in intermediate conditions for any length of time. Keep in mind that there is a lot of difference between keeping a plant alive and having it thrive.

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