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    I just ordered a N. ventricosa from **********.com and I need a little help from my new friends (you guys are the only ones that understand my new obsession!). I have never grown a Nepenthes before and need some tips for terrarium growing of the N. ventricosa. How big will it get, and in what kind of time frame. It will be sharing a 20 gallon tank with a D. capensis and a VFT, all in removeable pots. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif[/img]
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    I've had mine for about six months. It's in a pot of LFS and sits among a bunch of orchids and a few Neps and Cephs under 2-bulb fluorescent fixture. More light would be better, of course, but that's what I have. It has continued pitchering and my smaller N. sanguinea has too. This is surprising because my N. x Ventrata has stopped each of the two winters I've had it. So much for hybrid vigor.

    The humidity is low in my house because the dewpoint outside is usually in the teens or lower this time of year and was -16 a couple days ago. I have a humidifier that boils two gallons of water per day. That's enough to take the edge off the indoor aridity but I doubt the humidity is even close to what is recommended for Neps.

    I think the terrarium will be a great place to start the new Nep and will help it adjust to its new home. But the plant is more durable than one would expect from reading CP books and don't be afraid to try growing it outside the terrarium. My N. x Ventrata, by the way, is hanging in a south window. It's growing fast, but without new pitchers.
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    N. ventricosa does not get overly huge so it should be happy in your 20gal tank. Keep it moist but not sopping wet.

    I am curious to the light your plants are receiving. Do they get any sun through a window or is it all artificial light?

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    Tony,
    I am using artificial light in the form of 2 Panasonic 23w cool white fluorescents http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp....FA23E50. They are of the compact screw-in type and are both in a "swing arm" type lamp. http://www.pearlpaint.com/lsswinarmlam.html I think I am going to add a third lamp; one for each plant. I live in an apartment on the second floor with no access to the south.
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    Nice bulb. 5000k is not coolwhite. It is more daylight which is actually better for the plants since it has much more blue light so a higher portion of the light produced is usable by the plants. I agree a 3rd bulb would be a good plan. 2 would be bare minimum particularly for things like the Drosera and vft. You can raise these lower growing plants up closer to the light to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (herenorthere @ Jan. 18 2004,02:53)]I've had mine for about six months. It's in a pot of LFS and sits among a bunch of orchids and a few Neps and Cephs under 2-bulb fluorescent fixture. More light would be better, of course, but that's what I have. It has continued pitchering and my smaller N. sanguinea has too. This is surprising because my N. x Ventrata has stopped each of the two winters I've had it. So much for hybrid vigor.

    The humidity is low in my house because the dewpoint outside is usually in the teens or lower this time of year and was -16 a couple days ago. I have a humidifier that boils two gallons of water per day. That's enough to take the edge off the indoor aridity but I doubt the humidity is even close to what is recommended for Neps.

    I think the terrarium will be a great place to start the new Nep and will help it adjust to its new home. But the plant is more durable than one would expect from reading CP books and don't be afraid to try growing it outside the terrarium.
    [QUOTE]My N. x Ventrata, by the way, is hanging in a south window. It's growing fast, but without new pitchers.[QUOTE]

    My N. x Ventrata is on an east/south window and that is the exact same case as mine. It pitchered fine during the summer but when winter came it stopped pitchering and started climbing.

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    ignore the top quote. I'm still learning how to post [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Hey, don't worry about it. You can edit your post if you want to try and fix it. There is an edit button near the top of each of your posts. It looks like the problem is that your last [ QUOTE] should be a [/QUOTE].

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