I let myself go nuts today [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]. I have all the stuff for a 55 gallon lowland Neps terrarium but I haven't had time to set it up and order plants, plus I wanted to learn more. So, today, I run by a small local nursery to pick up a pot for some ferns I bought and right when I walk in their greenhouse to check out the orchids I am hit by 5 hanging baskets of N. alata. I got all excited. Some had all green pitchers and some had green with reddish brown spotted pitchers. They were big -- 6 inch pots. I tried to resist [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] I couldn't [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]. They were only $15 each. I bought 2 [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]. A green one and a spotted one. The plants look healthy and growing.
When I got home I watered them -- they were pretty dry -- with fresh rainwater and hung the baskets on small branches of a big tree in my backyard. They should get filtered sunlight all day.
My worry is this. The Savage Garden says alata can be a lowland or highland species but lists them under highland. I have no idea what location these are. They had a commercial nursery picture tag on them with culture information but that's it.
Will commercially raised alata do ok in Houston's summer weather (90-100F days, 75F nights)? The humidity will not be a problem as most days are 60-100% 24/7.