Last spring I ordered my first Nepenthes...Miranda. *He was a little banged up when he got here ("here" being New Orleans, LA) and his pot was broken but other than that he was alive and green. *I didn't want to stress him out any further by repotting right then so I just put his pot inside of another pot, trimmed off the dying pitchers and hung him outside on the patio with my small herd of aroids. *
It rains here almost every day (a deluge followed immediately by a blast furnace sun...can you say H-U-M-I-D *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] ) *If it doesn't rain for a day or two I mist him with the hose. *This being one of the bug capitals of the world...I don't feed him. *He does very well on his own. *Currently there are about 8 or 10 pitchers and all of them have "bodies" floating inside. *There are new leaves and pitchers weekly and there is a resident anole who has set up housekeeping among the leaves and pops out to say hello every time I go near. *Life is great.
So here's the thing... *Eventually it IS going to cool off here and then what do I do? *I know what the "books" say about max/min temps, etc but I need some real life info. *When should he really come in? *What about the lack of humidity in the house? *What will he eat (not to mention the anole)? *Will I have to feed him (the plant, not the lizard) and if so, what? *I've read that some people fill the pitchers with water when they open? *Should I be doing this? *I've just been leaving it up to the rain and mother nature for them to make their own "goo". *And...he's just about to outgrow his glob of moss or whatever this is he's potted in. *Should I order a mix or make something myself? *Is there a good time to repot vs a time when you NEVER want to repot? *
I'm obsessing over all of this but he's just such a groovy little oddball plant and if he does well over the winter I could see this turning into a new addiction. *Please help. *I'm looking for some really practical advice.