As a relative newbie to neps just getting into my first dangerous period of potentially cold and dry weather, I just wanted to discuss light and "death" temps.
Basically, what does too much look like?
What does too little look like?
What lows kill what neps? In other words, does it vary?
For one thing, I recently noticed shorter leaves and smaller pitchers before I moved my plants -- too little light?
All I know is that I've been battling light and humidity ever since I got my plants. They both seem to matter a lot, IMO. At first it was protecting my neps from the sun.
When I first got a couple rafflesiana and ventricosa from Exotic Gardens I kept them inside in a terrarium by a sunny window. Everything grew pretty well. Around the same time, I got some large hanging neps that looked pretty scraggly from the local nurserys. Those had been grown outside without any TLC.
To summarize, eventually everything went outside, including a whole variety of types of lowlanders and hybrids. Our Central Florida Summer was very wet and humid. Fall was moreso. I had shaded areas I used during the brightest Summer days around the solstice (June 21st). Neps grew like red clover in the cracks of my driveway.
Well, now the sun is at the opposite end of the spectrum, around the Winter solstice (December 21). Our photoperiod is pretty lousy and the solar intensity is way down. Our humidity is still high for most places, but down for us (50-80%). I've moved everything to the exact other side of the porch to scrounge what little light there is.
What happens now? Any hints or tips?