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    N. khasiana in my expierience is quote tolerant to cold temperatures, but cannot tolerate drying out. It needs to be kept well watered in order to grow well.

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    Appears we have almost made our selections.

    Looks as if he is going to go with a highland maxima, a coplandii (a recent suggestion from a cyber friend), and either a khasiana or a fusca (another recent suggestion). We are looking at a highland alata and we are being gifted a ventrata from a member here. We've got a birthday around the corner and a truncata as well as maybe a sanguinea and the macfarlanei may be in the cards.

    Why is it that some people think a rafflesiana may not be such a great house plant? We were looking at a rafflesiana gigantea and it seems to have really neat color and formation. All of these plants will go in a bathroom and ultimately be repotted in aquatic baskets in an rochid bark/charcoal potting medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (LauraZ5 @ Mar. 05 2005,6:18)]Why is it that some people think a rafflesiana may not be such a great house plant?
    In my experience rafflesianas pitchers don't last long under low humidity (which I experience once a year in dry season). It does pitcher, but maybe only 1-2 at the same time. Your bathroom might be humid occasionally, but always?

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    We have two whole house humidifiers that are set to around 40% in the winter. That particular bathroom probably an average of around 60% normally because of the shower in there that is used daily for at least half an hour. We have a big tub in that room that has decking on either side of it in there. It is this decking that we have placed plants on. We don't use the tub so I filled it with water and let it sit. My guess is the relative humidity around those plants is pretty high although I have never checked it as I don't have anything to check it with. The one thing I can say is that orchids take off in that room.

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    You could buy a submersible aquarium heater that you leave in the tub to heat the water that sits in it to around 80-90F. The water would evaporate creating a lot of extra humidity. Then you'd just turn on the faucet every once in a while to replace the lost water.

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    There's so much water surface that I should be getting enough evaporation to increase the relative humidity in and around the plants without adding an auxiliary heat source don't you think? I'm not particularly comfortable with the idea of a submersible heater and the electrical cords that would be attached to it in a bathroom. I suppose it could be done but it would take whopper heaters as my guess is that tub holds at least 200 gallons as it has its own 100 gallon hot water heater. We do have an "insta hot valve". I never thought of it but I could just use hot instead of cold when adding more water. Who knows, maybe I don't have enough humidity in there and need to set the plants in pebble trays in addition to leaving the tub full of water. On second thought, I have vaporizers for when the kids get sick. I'm wondering if I could turn one of those on intermittently if my humidity isn't high enough.

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    I don't think you will have too much trouble with humidity. The plants may take some time to adjust but the one's your considering don't need it to be a steaming jungle. I am more concerned with the light level, since most Nepenthes really like it quite bright with even a little sun in the morning or late afternoon.

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    Hamish, Dustin and all,
    A friend of ours had his large N. khasiana get hit with a temperature drop to 30 degrees F. in Miami a few years ago (for only a few hours in the pre-dawn morning.) The plant survived, but looked like someone took a blowtorch to it. It took all summer to recouperate. Not a good idea to subject them to frost. Plan on major setbacks.
    LauraZ,
    We must concur with the opinions on the rafflesiana. For us, they do their best in uncomfortably muggy conditions, and humidity drops will wipe out the pitchers. Unfortunately, raff gigantea is even more picky. I put it in the same category as N. merrilliana, N. sumatrana, N. northiana: needing constant high humidity (80 percent plus) to do anything other than struggle to survive, much less get nice traps. These plants require conditions that make orchids sweat! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
    There's so many species that should work for you as long as light levels are bright enough (as Tony suggested).

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