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    Hi All,

    Last week I bought two neps from Lowes -- had never seen one "live" before, only pictures. Anyway, no tag identifying them but from Jeremiah's post with all the pictures and nepenthes gracilis identification I think I have N. gymnamphoras. Would they be considered hi or low-land? And what would the specific care be?

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    I have never heard of a N. gymnamphoras is that how you spell it. If it is a rare nep and other cp stores online sell it for a high price hen it is a great possiblity that you didnt get a N. gymnamphoras. When the pitchers are small they are unpredictable. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Can yo take a pic please.

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    Ya know, I'm sort of in the dark ages -- no scanner or dig. camera [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    However, if you go to Jeremiah's post titled "Lots of photos, guessing game" and go to photo number 5, it looks just like the two I bought. I got the name from a response down the list.

    I seem to be acquiring more, and different, plants, since I joined this forum. I had four, now I have sixteen [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]

    Ain't life grand?

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    cpwitch,

    Yes, life is grand! I had four, then sixteen. Now I'm up to around 30. Oops, I just counted 35. Yikes! Alarmingly, I still have a little room, but then I have an plant from ebay on the way! (One not offered by pft&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    Incidentally, if you do a check of the "Identify this plant" forum, you'll see Lowes usually are Ventratas, ventricosas, alatas, or maximas, or unknown hybrids of these. They tend to pick the hardy varieties, for obvious reasons. I've never even heard of a N. gymnamphora!

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    I had 1 then 3 then 13 then 30 then 40 then 50 then 78 then 100 then 106 and know 107 and getting couple more. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Caps you cllection is awsome. Like that amp looks great. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    I just talked to Jeremiah and he said that it would be almost impossible to find a N. gymnamphora is Lowe's.
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    Ok, so given that I probably have a more common type (it's from Gublers,if that means anything), will they be ok out of a terrarium or mini greenhouse? My humidity today is down to 40% and will go lower. I can mist and water them daily of course, but if they'll do better in a more controlled environment I should get them stashed in the greenhouse. They look so healthy and have such great pitchers I want to keep them that way, but I ended up and killed a vft by having it in the greenhouse -- too humid and not enough air flow is what folks suggested. Now all of my plants are out and on a tray by my south facing window.

    Anyway, thanks again. Eventually I'll get to know what my neps, sarras, vfts, pings, cobras, and droseras need [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I doubt you have found a N. gymnamphora at Lowes. This is quite a rare highland species which requires far more care than most retail locations would be able to give it (most of them can't keep a ventrata alive more than a few weeks). I don't think it would be possible to have too high humidity in a greenhouse. Even the most "sealed up" greenhouses with foggers & misters I've visited were still very dry in comparison to my highland tank which is 90+% humidity all day year round. It's shouded in swirling fog most of the time:


    Do you have a hygrometer to measure your humidity? In the shady areas of a greenhouse a hygrometer may read 80% but in direct light where the plants are the reading may be far lower it is best to take your readings right where the plants are not against a wall as most greenhouse instruction books say to do. Low humidity and good light makes for dead CPs real fast! High humidity and low light will also kill your plants.

    With Nepenthes you want to acheive a happy medium of bright light and high humidity (not easy to do without constant damping down the floors or installing an evaporative cooler). Almost all Neps thrive with intense light. Those described in posts as "lowlight" or "low humiidty" indicates they will TOLERATE lowlight or low humidity, very few grow better in lower light, and none grow better in low humidity. Not one plant in my collection of 65 Nepenthes grows better in my lowlight sundew terrariums. But you also must not subject them to low humidity if you want any kind of speed in growth and consistent pitchering.

    If you are worried about loosing the pitchers the plant has now then you need to get it into humid conditions fast. Pitchers will dry up and die very fast without it. Don't be surprised to loose all your pitchers and a couple of the lower leaves in the next few weeks (even if you get it into good conditions immediately). The plant is simply acclimating to it's new home and it may be a few months before you have a few new leaves and a new pitcher(which may be smaller than the ones that were first on the plant when you got it). After the acclimation period it should start growing larger faster.

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