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    Advice for NOOB growing Nepenthes in Arizona

    Hi all! Total NOOB here (both to the forum and to growing carnivorous plants in general). Ive always been fascinated by these plants but never tried growing one until now. I was in Lowes the other day and happened to see some really nice looking picture plants (despite being trapped in their little plastic containers). I felt compelled to pick one up and then quickly realized I need to start researching and figure out how to care for this little guy. My biggest concern right now is humidity. I live in Arizona and despite being in our most humid season my house is running around 40% right now. In the winter time I'm sure its closer to 20%. What I have done so far is take an old fish tank I had and stick him (still in his pot) inside. I bought a Finnex 24 hour grow light which is supposed to simulate the natural light cycles. I am trying to figure out the best way to keep the tank humid. I have tried covering 75% of the top with glass, placing some open cups of water inside and misting. This raises the humidity for about an hour but it drops back down fast. Was considering maybe adding a layer of moss to the bottom to try to retain moisture. Would love some advice and to know if I am on the right track here. Most of the terrariums I see with picture plants are fully open tops. Should I be doing that or trying to close as much as possible to retain humidity? Another option I was considering is a reptile fogger (humidifier). Any advice/assistance would be greatly appreciated. Also can anyone identify the species for me? The tag said its a Nepenthes but I know there are highland and lowland species with different requirements.

    Advice for NOOB growing Nepenthes in Arizona

    Advice for NOOB growing Nepenthes in Arizona
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    What part of Az? I'm in Tucson, but I grow all of my plants in greenhouses. Well, except one larger Nepenthes I picked up from Lowe's that I decided to try in the kitchen window (see it here). It has lots of growth on it so far, but the jury is still out on pitcher production.
    The more plants you have in there the higher the humidity should be just because there is more wet stuff. Maybe try keeping a layer of water across the bottom of the tank, even if that means elevating the plant you have a little bit so it isn't constantly sitting in water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adnedarn View Post
    What part of Az? I'm in Tucson, but I grow all of my plants in greenhouses. Well, except one larger Nepenthes I picked up from Lowe's that I decided to try in the kitchen window (see it here). It has lots of growth on it so far, but the jury is still out on pitcher production.
    The more plants you have in there the higher the humidity should be just because there is more wet stuff. Maybe try keeping a layer of water across the bottom of the tank, even if that means elevating the plant you have a little bit so it isn't constantly sitting in water.
    Beautiful plant you have there! I am in up towards Wickenburg just outside of the NW Phoenix valley. Thanks for the tips. I was thinking of adding more plants. Instead of open water, what do you think about a layer of sphagnum moss on the bottom that I keep moist but still keeping the plants in their individual pots. Also should I be partially or mostly covering the top of the tank to retain moisture? At what point do I need to be concerned with air flow?

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