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    Hi to all!
    In a couple of weeks I and a dear friend of mine are going to be the owner of the Ultra Highlan Nepenthes Villosa!
    The Plant will be about 3-4 cm wide and potted in Torf.
    I am beginning to inform me about the best way to let this plant growing.
    Could you transmit me your past and actual expericences?
    I live in Milan,ITALY. For people who don't know,I remember them that Nepenthes Villosa is found between 2400 mt and 3200 mt altitude on mountains!
    Thanks to all about the tips! Feel free to post your Villosa Photos!
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    Err... What's torf?

    Sadly, i don't have villosa, but i do know that it needs cool nights (40s-59s) and warm/cool days (70s-80s). High humidity is also good.
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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    There was an excellent article by Jeff Shafer in Carnivorous Plant Newsletter a few years ago on growing ultra highland plants like villosa. Essentially what he describes is taking a chest freezer and converting it into a large growing chamber lit with flourescent lights. This way he is able to get the temps down to around 40 degrees F at night which is important for villosa to do well.

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    ok...OPS Torf is the WHITE PEAT,sorry for my bad English,ahaha! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    Let's wait for an expert one that already has this plant in his collection.
    I would try to avoid to put the plant always out and it during the night and day.
    I must realize which are the circumstances that will let her survive and give its best in my climate condition.
    I am thinking to let it grow more possible outside near a wall with morning sun.
    I will see....
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    I have a small N. villosa I have been growing for about 2 years now. It's very very slow growing. When I got it, the pitchers were only about 1/4 inch tall. Now they are about an inch.

    It's growing in a 4 inch pot, in a very small terrarium. Since we have cool outside night time temperatures now (40 - 50 degrees F) here in Connecticut (USA), I place it outside at night and indoors under fluorescent lights by day. During the heat of summer, it goes into the refrigerator at night.

    Terraforum member Philcula suggested adding small granite chips to the soil mix. So I found a small rock and smashed it with a hammer and added it to the soil mix. I do feed it about once a month with Beta fish food - the tiny BetaBioGold round pellets.

    I hope this information helps. Good luck with it. I know there are other members with older plants who could offer some additional advice.

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    Hello WildBill,
    NIce to hear about your experience!
    With this weather I could do the same in Italy.But I must "reflect" good if to give her so much care from the beginning.
    I have also a terrarium and I have a Delta of 7 degrees between night and days.This because my apartment is on the most highest floor of the house.
    I wait for other tips an experiences!
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    Here is a photo of the N. villosa I have
    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/jeremiahharris/vill_005.jpg[/img]

    thanks
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    Hey Jeremiah!!!
    Nice Villosa you have! But please tell me and us something more about how you are keeping it! Also in a Freezer?
    How old she is? Let me know! Bye!

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