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    What if you set the pots on trays of gravel with water, or eggcrate over water, ect. You know, so they are not actually in the water, but can take place of surrounding humidity?

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    It won't help nearly as much as people think, esp. in OPEN AIR. If its in a terrarium or growchamber, yes it will, the evaporation rate can keep humidity quite decent, but the so called "humidity trays" for windowsills are a load of crap, they can't create a microclimate on a windowsill in dry household air, it just isn't practical.

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    I have never even tried one as a houseplant around here, because I could never mist it enough time to matter with the low humidity in these parts. Since this is a greenhouse, I thought it might work.
    Since I have never had one to play around with, is 50% a normal daily humidity in a greenhouse w/o misting of some kind? Seems kind of low...

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    I would imagine Dustin didn't go to all the trouble to put in a evaporative cooler if it wasn't necessary.

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    That makes sense, though I can not seem to locate anything about Dustin having one in this thread and was not aware he had an evaporative cooler.
    The growchambers I have seen, though, all use a humidifier of some sort(I guess a "moisture tent" would be a accurate word). I plan to when I finally get mine put together.
    Joel, you must be the luckiest guy in Nepenthesville-you seem to be an anomoly when we talk about the normal problems, lol. Your outdoor temperature range seems perfect for highlanders.

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    He has (or had) one not too long ago when he was getting his GH setup (his older posts show plants hanging in front of it). It's definately the route I'd go if I were to get some land and setup a GH. I wouldn't attempt to get humidifiers to do the work of an swamp cooler (which can be DIY built anyway) in a GH which needs air exchange to avoid cooking your plants, especially the highlanders need both air exchange and high humidity.

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    Joe,

    Maybe I'm lucky. I'd like to think so! But realistically I've just been experimenting with my Nepenthes. I've found that they can be stretched, more or less, to different environments. I've grown lowlanders under lights indoors with success but that got kind of boring and impractical especially when the plants started getting big!! I admit that I've tortured some of my Neps, but they really are resilient. I used to think they were these sensitive, finicky plants that needed to be coddled with every step. Now I realize that they can adapt to many growing conditions. I just want to pass on my experiences for those growers that love these plants but may not possess all of the necessary tools to recreate the perfect environment. For those of us who want to enjoy their beauty that can't offer greenhouse conditions, maybe with a little tweaking to household and / or outdoor conditions we can still grow these wondrous plants. You'd really be surprised how tought Neps can be!

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    A GH is not very realistic for me, but a basement growchamber is. Nebraska's Summer's are too hot along with the cold Winters(not as cold as you, but cold enough).
    I should clarify I have seen more indoor chambers and one attached warmhouse(modified jacuzi room) than greenhouses(I think most outdoor ones do use a EC).
    I am not arguing with anyone here. I am just curious to how high NM's greenhouse is raising the humidity as opposed to just being outside.

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