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    As an example of what a hot summer can do to a Nepenthes, here is a Nepenthes edwardsiana seedling. I acquired this plant at the beginning of October after it had endured a hot summer with the previous owner. From what I understand it basically didn't grow at all during the summer. After I received it, it produced that small leaf with no tendril pointing down in the picture as an after-effect of the heat. It seems to be back to normal now as you can see from the newest leaf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nimbulan View Post
    As an example of what a hot summer can do to a Nepenthes, here is a Nepenthes edwardsiana seedling. I acquired this plant at the beginning of October after it had endured a hot summer with the previous owner. From what I understand it basically didn't grow at all during the summer. After I received it, it produced that small leaf with no tendril pointing down in the picture as an after-effect of the heat. It seems to be back to normal now as you can see from the newest leaf.

    Nepenthes edwardsiana by Nimbulan, on Flickr
    My neps are definitely staying inside

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    This is interesting to me @nimbulan because I am currently trying to grow highlanders in lowland temperatures. The plants are recent arrivals and a macrophylla was DOA, but once planted, they seem to be doing okay. I haven't had a single night with temperatures under 25C since they arrived, though coming months should get cooler including a few weeks in Jan that are under 20C. But so far, with nights in the upper 20s I have at least one alisaputrana, several seedlings that are either jamban or jamban hybrids (more likely), sibuyanensis, among other highland/intermediate plants. Seedlings have germinated and are growing.

    The weather hasn't cooled as much as usual this year for the monsoon, and I was panicking, but they seem to be growing. They do get fairly regular misting and good light, but not direct sun after 11am or so. Sphagnum, net pots - whatever I can do to lower temps and add humidity, but cooling isn't super effective when ambient humidity is high. Also a lot of cloudy days for the next month or two at least. While this gets humidity high (90%+ most of the time), it torpedoes any evaporative cooling, since the wet bulb temperature is quite close to the regular temperature.

    I have not seen this curled leaf thing in my conditions. Some seedlings come close to looking like this, but most eventually form teeny tiny tendrils, as I discovered to my delight. The Jamban seedlings are inflating new pitchers. The alisaputrana is growing a new leaf with a plump tendril tip - too early to say if it will actually form a pitcher yet, but it is looking as it should. No major signs of stress. Only one that got majorly stressed was N. mira - it accidentally got neglected in the scorching summer and was placed in a location where it didn't get any cooling from the mist and several hours of direct sun. It didn't die, but.... it suffered badly. Limping back slowly.

    Makes me wonder if good light, high humidity and very cautious fertilization can boost the ability of highlanders to tolerate lowland conditions. I'd say cooling, but frankly, what is a few degrees here and there for a plant that doesn't even get its natural daylight temperatures of night?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vidyut View Post
    Makes me wonder if good light, high humidity and very cautious fertilization can boost the ability of highlanders to tolerate lowland conditions. I'd say cooling, but frankly, what is a few degrees here and there for a plant that doesn't even get its natural daylight temperatures of night?
    Yes you can expand plants' temperature tolerance to some extent with humidity, fertilizer, and apparently keeping the soil drier than you otherwise would. There are always limits though, and the amount of time a plant is exposed to warmer temperatures is important. You may find that a plant that seems to be doing fine now may start to look unhappy in a year.

    Regarding the plant I posted, I think the temperatures it was exposed to were much more extreme than you're seeing, more akin to what happened to your mira. It's also apparently a very weak clone and didn't survive too long for me.

    For my part, I like to push the limits of my plants to see what they can handle. Always have a backup though in case it doesn't work.

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