Post by Rainforest Carnivores on Dec 23, 2005 14:46:35 GMT 7
Since this is a tropical forum and we all want to grow some ultra highlanders, let us create and devise a set up to out do all set ups. Post your best discoveries, time saving, cost effective and least time consuming modifications. I want to see everything from brand names, even website addresses of thermostats, chillers, lights light bulbs, timers, alternating switches, humidity controllers, you name it and post it.
Other people (spies) will visit here from OUTSIDER forums to see what we are doing and MAYBE [God willing (please see the status next to my name) might join up here].
So let's begin with a suitable case to house our (soon to be) gargantuan collection. Remember we want space for that giant N. edwardsiana, villosa and very highland forms of N. rajah and maybe an Alisaputrana or two!
Old thread, but interesting, I guess. I live near Bombay (Mumbai) with hot climate. I want to grow lots of highlanders. Mostly because the seeds are easier to germinate. Lots of lowland seeds are probably not good or don't germinate for me. Plus that's where the stunning peristomes and wicked teeth seem to be...
I'm relatively new to growing intermediate/highlanders, and I don't use air conditioning. I grow them in a fairly breezy balcony/ledge that is east facing. While this is a lot of light, it is also a lot of heat with direct sunlight for 6-7 hours easy.
For me, what has really helped grow highland species is:
Lots of sphagnum in net pots positioned to catch the breeze. It really cools the roots very well. For plants that don't like it too soggy, the net pot can be lined with sphagnum with a more draining mix inside. Pots slightly large for the roots also helps.
"Faking" a temperature drop, by letting the plants get plenty of direct sunlight (and thus heat) for brief periods, so that the rest is relatively cooler. No idea if this helps, but doesn't appear to have harmed. They seem to like the light regardless of the heat.
Frequent misting + Shading with other plants or a really thin muslin cloth in summers (older Indian women's tendency to wear cotton saris is very nice for this - old saris are just perfect). The misters keep wetting the cloth and it cools as it dries and also adds humidity. It doesn't block as much light as a shade cloth, I think. The misters run between five seconds every fifteen minutes to five seconds every five minutes in peak summer. Not so much to water the plants as drop temperatures and add humidity.
In this setup, I have 3 robcantleyi x veitchiis, reinwardtiana, one robcantleyi till recently, ventricosa x veitchii, a veitchii, and some others for over a year now.
Encouraged by this, I sowed some really highland seeds and I have one kinnabaluensis and a couple of macrophyllas germinated so far - single leaf nub poking out stage. By god they are SLOW. a couple of burbidgeae seedlings on their second or third leaf. There are several pots of highland "mix" at various levels of microgreens type stages. larger ones are over a centimeter big and on fourth or fifth leaf some are just cotyledons - got these seeds to try a broad swath of highlanders and they included veitchii, fusca, burbidgeae, alisaputrana, edwardsiana, reinwardtiana and god knows what else, I forget. I have it copied down somewhere.
Encouraged by that, I went ahead and spent all my plant ambitions money on an alisaputrana, burbidgeae x veitchii, macrophylla... no point taking names unless they survive. Planning to get a rajah and a TC edwardsiana also. So far they have not died. Before my cooling plans, stuff like this would be dead in less than a week. So far, approaching a month on the alisaputrana. Still alive. It froze for a while, now I see the tip of a new leaf poking through the petiole of the latest leaf it arrived with.
By next year, we will have moved into our own home (this one is rented) and I chose the home for balcony to exploit the strong constant sea breeze our area gets. West facing. This also means that the plants will heat up later in the day rather than cook first thing in the morning in the summers, and then get cooled quickly after sunset. Plenty of open expanse for ambient bright light all day. This should also improve my ability to grow highlanders. That balcony gets so much breeze and now that we will own the home, I may be able to make some modifications to leverage passive cooling as well. Matter of getting through the time till then. Luckily the worst is over. Now monsoon - easy, and then autumn and winter shouldn't be so bad.
After reading Michael's posts in the archives, I am convinced to start properly fertilizing them.
Anyone have more ideas on hacks for highlanders in the lowlands?
thatoneplantboi: Hey guys, I'm new to growing nepenthes, I'm getting a mini indoor greenhouse to grow them in. What kind of light should I use for them? Also, if you could provide a link to a product, it would be very much appreciated
Oct 5, 2017 10:16:29 GMT 7
borneo: Yes, they work superbly. But you don't need expensive lights, cheap ones work well too.
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mylesg: i havent checked in here for a while, why does it seem all the CP forums have lost their once strong activity? the trade/sale section used to be so active and now its a ghost town. where is everybody hanging out these days for a strong online CP community?
Dec 9, 2018 3:15:01 GMT 7
mylesg: Happy holidays to everyone out there!
Dec 26, 2018 0:23:13 GMT 7
lance: Everyone left the forums and moved to facebook groups.
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mylesg: yes, facebook groups will never have same feel as this place once did
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etiennecancio: perhaps we can try to revitalize the old forums? i always found them to be much more convenient than facebook groups at least hah
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mylesg: i refuse to abandon this place, i am posting in my grow thread with many photos and always there to answer any questions just built new grow room and tons of pitcher shots!
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Dec 3, 2019 8:27:58 GMT 7
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Dec 9, 2019 11:14:09 GMT 7
mylesg: just posted ton of new pics in my thread!
Feb 9, 2020 3:40:25 GMT 7
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