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    Hey thanks all,

    Nice plants elgecko! I like those baskets too! I'm dying for a N. khasiana to grow outside, but I bet a khasiana x ventricosa would work too!

    schloaty, yeah, I was afraid of the low light situation, which is why I only put a cheap nep from the OSH and a scraggely vine in there. But I guess the ambient light from the window is enough combined with the bulb. I think the bulb has 1300 lumens at a good color temperature. I'm growing a N. rafflesiana in a similar situation, and it's not doing as well, but now that we're getting more sun, even it looks like it's primed to start pitchering like mad. All the rest of my neps, except three in a tank, are on racks under tubes like yours. I did cover three sides of the rack with mylar so the light would bounce around. I'm having great success with that method. Here's a photo of one of my racks:




    Stefano, it doesn't get easier than this. The basket was from the garden center at the hardware store. I've seen them around. It's filled with sphagnum and some orchid bark, pumice and charcoal. I think I like using larger pots for neps. For some reason, it seems the sphagnum holds up better, and it doesn't dry out quickly at all. Other than that, I use r/o water, and I feed the occasional koi pellet to the pitchers. Maybe once a month ONE pitcher gets a pellet per plant.

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    Capslock, that's another great setup you have there on your grow rack. Two questions for you:

    1. what nepenthes are you growing on your racks not in terrariums?

    2. what is the average humidity?

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    Growing on racks are:
    N. alata "boschiana mimic"
    N. alata luzon "speckled"
    N. aristolochioides
    N. hamata
    N. sanguinea [California Carnivores]
    N. maxima
    N. mira
    N. ventricosa "red"
    N. lowii
    N. truncata
    N. throelli x aristolochioides
    N. maxima x albomarginata (N. curtisii?)
    N. maxima x ventricosa
    N. hirsuta x vetchii
    N. spectabilis x ventricosa
    N. ventricosa x bongso
    N. ventricosa x aristolochioides
    N. x cocineae
    N. x "efflugent" Koto (mirabilis x thorelii)
    N. x Holland (unknown hybrid)
    N. x 'home depot' var. mutant freak
    N. x Ile de France [(mirabilis x thorelii) x (northiana x maxima)]
    N. x Judith Finn (spathulata x veitchii )
    N. x Manny Herrera (miribalis x khasiana)
    N. x Petra Giant [ventricosa x (talangensis x bongso)]
    N. x trichocharpa (ampularia x gracilis)
    N. x Splendiana (kampotiana x maxima)
    N. x Rokko (thorelii x maxima)
    N. x ventrata (alata x ventricosa)
    N. x Weigneri ((thorelii x maxima) x (rafflesiana x hirsuta)) or (x 'Balmy' Koto x x Intermedia)
    N. x Wrigleyana [mirabilis x (rafflesiana x ampullaria)]

    My average humidity is around 60%. I live in San Francisco, which is great for humid air! It does get a lot lower during our hot spells, but the plants weather these periods fine.

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    I'm very envious of your window sill setup.

    It looks like your ventricosa is growing better than mine, which is under controlled highland conditions!

    I guess, don't change what you're doing.. And with that, I'm off to feed my plants.




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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]N. aristolochioides
    N. hamata
    N. lowii
    YOU'RE KIDDING!! Those guys take 60% humidity?? ?? They actually pitcher?? Good Heavens! I'm going to have to do some serious experimenting with cuttings this summer....(well, I won't be able to cut THOSE species, they're still babies).
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    Capslock,
    You have got a nice collection of Neps. I'm thinking of getting 2 more. The 1 I would love to have would be a N. hamata, but I'm not going to pay that much for a plant. My wife would kill me also.
    If anyone would like to donate 1 for an experiment so I can try to grow it low humidity I would then be happy to post the results for the other growers.


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    schloaty,
    The N. aristolochiodes and the N. lowii pitcher, but the N. hamata I got is a barely-alive tiny thing that was given to me by someone having trouble growing it. I've only had it a few months, and it's growing well, but the leaves are only around an inch and a half.

    I think two factors make it possible: It cools down EVERY night, to at maximum 60 degrees. Usually it's 55 or so. Also, every night, the humidity raises, so it'll go up to 75% or more over night. And we get foggy periods where it's 80% - 95% humidity for days.

    I've been toying with the notion of growing a N. rajah outdoors here.

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    San Francisco has amazing weather for highland type plants. There are orchid growers out there that grow fantastic specimens of Masdevalias in their backyards year round. Masdevalias originate from the cloud forests in South America. Where the plants are literally covered in clouds every evening.

    Capslock I don't think you would have any problem with N. rajah.

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