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    I experimented with adapting neps outdoors this summer, and the results were very good. Some of the leaves were burned, but most gained a lot of red pigment in he leaves. The tendrils of my N. x Gentle are a very deep purple. My N. raja increased in size by a few centimeters and is forming new pitchers. There is one developing pitcher, one pitcher bud, and one tendril elongating on the newest leaf. I think the fog helped it to pitcher. The N. ventricosa is th only nep not starting to pitcher yet. I spray the with water fro the hose every few days, and they are in soe indirect light for most of the day.
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    Thats good news for folks with neps that get REALLY big and don't have greenhouses. If only it were more humid outside here in southern California.

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    Hi Carcinos:

    What is the average temperature in your backyards or frontyard as well as humidity??

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    My average temperatures are around 40's in the winter and 80's in the summer. The summer night time temps are around 55 to 60 degrees.Sometimesthere are drops to the mid thirties.There is almost always a big difference in temperature between night and day. The humidity can range from 20 percent to I think around 75 percent.I know that Nepsaroundthehouse is also experimenting on growing neps outside.
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    Ah..carcinos, your humidity may be a little low. If you increase your humidity (especially to saturation at night), your plants may do really well...

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    I do not think that the humidity at night is the problem in CA, especially if you live near the coast. Even inland the humidity at night hits the 70's during the summer.

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    I was under the impression that neps, especially the highlanders, need humidity of at least above 90%?

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    Most Nepenthes require those humidity requirments at night ; esp. highlanders. Generally my greenhouse humidity at night is near saturation level (100-85%) , day time varies from about 80-30% I've had it drop to 30% and N. hamata was unafected. My measuring equipment is accurate as I just bought a science-lab quality product for myself to see accurate readings.

    I personally see nothing wrong with your conditions but that occasional cold blast into the 40's will not be good for the lowlanders. If humidity drops to 20% I would increase misting. But, if the plants are hardened off to it they may be unaffected.


    Good luck!

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