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    Hi guys.In the next couple of days,I'm going to buy a Pitcher plant.I would like either one of these:villosa,rafflesiana,sibuyanensis,lowii,copelandii or a fusca.How do I care for these plants?Would I be able to hang it from my ceiling?But then it wouldn't get any light.And how much humidity does it need?I don't have anymore room in my terrarium for it,and I don't have a windowsill large enough to hold my plants.So is there anything I can do?*Niki*(Trapper7)
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    I grow my N. rafflesiana as a windowsill plant in a southern exposure. Humidity is on average around 45%. Grows and pitchers great fot me.


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    I don't have a windowsill big enough to put mine on [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] Hey could I hang it outside?It's raining here now but it's not too cold.*Niki*
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    I can vouch that N. coccinea does wonderfully inside, in normal indoor humidity levels.
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    Well, she lives in Canada....so let me see.
    First of all N. villosa is a very hard plant for a lot of us. I have grown 25 years and not tried it, as I don't have a cool enough place to grow it. I would not recommend it until you have a few plants under your belt.
    The easiest of these is probably N. rafflesiana. It is a lowlander, and probably does not like temps below 70 F. I think others on here have said it does not like humidity fluctuations either. BTW, I would go for at least 70% humidity on an Nepenthes.
    N. coplandii and N. fusca are intermediate/highland(the first might be mostly intermdiate), and N. sibuyanensis is a easy highlander. This group might be good in Cananda.
    If you have not grown any Nepenthes, you might want to start with N. alata, N. ventricosa or N. x ventrata(the hybrid of the two). Those are the easiest, as they are very forgiving in temps compared to most.
    Dustin and Jeff would give better advice on these than me, but that is my take on it.

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    N. copelandii is a very nice and easy plant. It isn't picky and stays relatively compact for a while. Tony had some growing outside during the hot part of the summer in blazing sunlight and inadequate water (as a little test for the plants). The things did fine. Made nice big pitchers too.

    N. villosa, forget it Nikki. Unless you want to waste $35-50 don't think about it. Its probably one of the most difficult Nepenthes to maintain and grow.

    N. rafflesiana, as the others stated would be a fine grower, if you can keep it warm and humid.

    N. lowii.....possible but I wouldn't reccomend it, too finicky with humidity and temperatures (esp at night, similar but not as extreme climate requirements as N. villosa)

    N. sibuyanensis would be as difficult as N. lowii, plus you'll need lots of space for it, loooong tendrils with big fat pitchers in a short time.

    N. fusca would be OK. Its not really picky about temperatures and would probably do fine in a room temperature enclosure.




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    Nikki,
    Unless you have some plan to get these plants light, there isn't a single nepenthes that will grow for you. You say you can't use the windowsill, and there's no room in the terrarium, and hanging it from the ceiling would put it in a position to get no light. From the sounds of that, you're out of luck. However, it isn't THAT hard to use artificial light to grow them. If you can get a couple of regular-size compact fluorescent bulbs (the kind that replace a normal lightbulb) right above your plant, you could probably grow the easier varieties mentioned above. But don't do it if you can't provide at least that.

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    lights for everyday hobbyists are cheap.

    i think i got my 4x 110 watt VHO retrofit kit with electronic ballast, reflector, etc for onl 175 bucks.

    a simple $20 shoplight will work just fine, too.

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