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  1. mksmith

    how many footcandles/lux do you grow your nepenthes?

    700-900 foot candles is what I aim for at the top of the plant, measure with an analog unit. Growing plants under Hight Pressure Sodium lights.
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    OrchidBox climate controlled terrariums... What do you all think about this?

    Seems like all features that would be desired by a tropical plant grower are covered. The major issue as other have noted is size. The largest option 20" x 12" x 19" should be the smallest option available. I would offer two sizes and really create a nice presentation for those two sizes. Some...
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    Indoor Grown Nepenthes

    Trying to still keep this thread up-to-date: Nepenthes aristo flower cross Nepenthes lowii BE N. izum x trus flower Nepenthes rajah - kinabalu 01 Nepenthes rajah - kinabalu 02 Nepenthes x trusmadiensis N. izum x trus Nepenthes hamata removed pitcher for cutting Nepenthes hamata...
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    Indoor Grown Nepenthes

    Want to keep this thread up-to-date, so I am posting older photos that were not posted here. Nepenthes stenophylla Nepenthes stenophylla A couple edwardsiana Nepenthes naga Nepenthes naga Nepenthes aristo Nepenthes ovata - seed grown 01 Nepenthes ovata - seed grown 02...
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    HL chamber question, should I get a fan or what?

    To drop temperature further you should consider using an A/C unit. You can get a window unit in the 8000 BTU range for less then $100 . If you run the output of the A/C into your chamber/terrarium, you can get drops into the low 50s pretty easily. You can have it on a timer for night time.
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    N. Red Hairy Hamata

    It is just hard to grow, even with optimal conditions. Slow to say the least.
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    N. Red Hairy Hamata

    Nepenthes hamata is easy to grow in general and much easier in comparison to RHH. Yes, RHH does better as an 'ultra-highlander' for temperature so you are looking at day temps 65-75° and nights 45-55° which can be difficult to maintain year-around. RHH is also much slower than n. hamata and very...
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    Mato's Pic Thread.

    Nice update Matt.
  9. mksmith

    Downsize :(

    Can you switch to indoor growing maybe in the extra bedroom or a basement?
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    Pitcher of the Month June 2014

    Can't wait to see that fusca pop...
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    Indoor Grown Nepenthes

    @theplantman Thank you for the compliment @Tanukimo Yes I really only grow species. This is my primary focus. I do have a few natural occurring hybrids and some must-have horticultural hybrids, but not many.
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    Indoor Grown Nepenthes

    @whim... yes, the endless pursuit. @mass... Thanks for the kinds words. Yes I am growing in my parents basement for the past 2 years. It works really nice keeping the temps at bay. @ellisonk Thank you. @mato... Burb has grown on me almost as slow as it grows itself. It is such a great...
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    Indoor Grown Nepenthes

    Forgot to update this thread. Posted some pictures if anyone is interested. 2 Nepenthes hamata red hairies. Close up of the pitchers. nepenthes aristolochioides w. seed basal. Nepenthes lowii x veitchii EP My largest of 5 Nepenthes attenboroughii w. seed, still small Nepenthes flava...
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    Heli's picture thread

    Here is are some old photos I found to compare leaves: This is N. ephippiata when it was about 3 years old. Here is one of N. lowii at the same age
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    Heli's picture thread

    Nice update. Leaves on the lowii possible ephippiata, don't look like either of those plants. Depending on where you got it; it could just be a commercial hybrid. It is always hard to tell at that age.
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    Variagated Nepenthes maxima 'Lake Poso'

    Really nice. Be sure to keep us update with the progress of this plant.
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    Indoor Grown Nepenthes

    Venting and cooling will be an issue with MH and HPS. I like the HPS also because of the heat... the ambient temperature in the basement grow area is low 60s, and the HPS lights will heat up the area to 75 during the day. Keeping the lights out of the grow area via a partition of glass or...
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    Indoor Grown Nepenthes

    @mato - Yes, I use HPS. Depending on the species, some like fluorescent lights and some like HPS, but HPS works the best in my experience for all nepenthes.
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    MEMBERS PHOTOS!  Let us see you!

    and also a photo I found when I started 20 years ago. This is me with some S. flava in NC
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    Indoor Grown Nepenthes

    Redid the poly-plastic on my setup and did a deep clean. Took a few photos of some plants. Nepenthes platychila - semi-uppers, N. vogelli to follow Nepenthes spathulata - semi-uppers Nepenthes edwardsiana - new pitcher Nepenthes hamata - Three years of being fussy and now some good...
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