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    Wonderful coloration Max! My N. rajah will soon be putting on a show...in a few weeks.

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    Capslock,

    Great pic of the ol' rajah. I too have been growing my rajahs outdoors for over 3 years without any problems except occasion leaf burn or possible leaf deformities during some cold winter nights. Your weather is very similar to mine in So. Cal. You should be able to grow most if not all the highlanders I grow outdoors yearround too! You'll find they're really hardy. Maybe graduate to a villosa??

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    Joel, inspiration from your site is what prompted me to try this in the first place! I think I will try my tiny N. villosa out there too now that they are relatively easy to get.

    I've tried a couple others out there with results not as promising. Currently there is a N. x ventrata struggling out there. The problem, I think, is that we just don't get WARM enough for some of them. Many days go by, even in the middle of summer, where temps don't go above the low sixties. For example, today is supposed to hit 67F, and it's going to be the warmest day of the week! However, I'm going to start trying to move some of the highlanders out, though, and see what happens. That would greatly increase my growing area, which means I have room for MORE neps!!

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    Nice looking plant, Capslock. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Maybe one day I will be able to try a rajah. Its definitely a cool nep. Congratulations on your success.
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    Thats by far the most impressive looking cultivated Rajah ive seen that grows outdoors!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] (Because I have never seen one before [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] )
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    we've had days here where it hasnt got to 50 in June, Very nice, did you leave it out there in the winter too?
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    Thanks everyone! Yes, Kirk, it's been outside every day for 14 months now. I have never brought it in, but I might if we have a brutal heat wave or a deep freeze, neither of which we've had in the last 14 months.

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    Capslock,

    Thanks for the props on the inspiration. I don't think you have to worry about the heat wave thing. Your plant has been outdoors for 14 months so it has done a lot of acclimatizing. Try some nice, vigorous, (relatively cheap) species like N. fusca, N. ramispina, N. maxima to name a few outdoors. They're nice plants that should do great for ya. Highland truncatas, lowii, macrophylla and veitchiis will do well for you as well if you're looking for the "classics" that are a little more $$$ but will serve you well down the road. Keep up the good work in No. Cal!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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