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    I've had a ventricosa for about 10 months that I've nursed back to health. When I got it, it only had one leaf. Now it has about 4 or 5, and another should unfurl any day now. I keep it in my vivarium with my fire-bellied toads and fire-bellied newt. They don't bother it, so it's not being disturbed or anything. It's in a mix of long fibered sphagnum and peat moss. Currently, it's basically in standing water, but isn't showing any signs of rot. I guess the only problem is humidity, because I think I'm doing everything else right. What should the humidity be? Would putting a plastic ziplock bag over it work, or should I take it out of my vivarium altogether? I don't want to take it out because I don't have any sort of grow chamber, or humidifier, so I need to resort to primitive methods like a plastic bag over the pot. Can anyone help me make it pitcher?
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    Hey Warlock,

    With ventricosa, humidity is certainly not the problem....Especially if it's in a vivarium. I don't know how good it is for it to be standing in water....neps, with a few exceptions, don't really like that.

    But my best bet is the light. How much light is it getting?
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    I'm using just a regular flourescent plant light that is on about 15 hours a day. I don't have a timer or anything, so I just turn it on in the morning when I leave for school and turn it off around 10 at night. Is that too much light per day?
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Warlock @ Mar. 31 2005,1:12)]I keep it in my vivarium with my fire-bellied toads and fire-bellied newt.
    well since it hasnt rotted, i doubt it minds sitting in the water. but im thinking maybe there is to much in the way of nutrients in the water from the amphibians waste for it to pitcher. if its getting more than enough nutrients through its water why would it need o put forth the energy to make a pitcher to catch bugs?
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    That makes sense, I guess. I really want it to pitcher though. If it won't start to make pitchers soon, I guess I'll take it out of the vivarium. It just looked so cool with living things near it... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]
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    well yah can try giving it better light for awhile first if yah really like the look. give it maybe 6 weeks under stronger light and if you dont get any pitchers forming i would say its to much nutrients.
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    All good thoughts. If you want to keep it in the vivarium, but separate it from the frog water, place it in a small saucer still within the vivarium.

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    How much light does N ventricosa want? Im thinking about moving mine into the bathroom in front of a transluscent east facing window. It will never get direct light but it will get bright filtered light from dawn to dark. Any thoughts about this?

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