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Hello averyone. After several years i’d like to share my experience with Nepenthes indoor. If your winter is cold like mine is (i live in north Italy and here isn’t rare to reach -10 celsius or less) i’ll hope my little tutorial could be helpfull :) Every october i need to move my plants indoor, years ago it was easy with few plants but it was more difficult every year and right now i have lots of plants and i decided to buy a little greenhouse and turn it into a GIANT growbox. soooo first... you need space! i bought a 2,5 x 2,5 m esagonal greenhouse that costs like 80€ 1. i placed few wooden pallets in the floor to isolate the greenhouse and some rigid plastic sheets (just because i need to walk into the growbox). 2. Then i set the “growbox” on 3. LIGHTS! In my experience i saw that if you grow Nepenthes you don’t need powerfull lights. My best results are with 4200K (it contains every colors Nepenthes plants need) outdoor spotlights, i’ve placed 20W spotlights every 40 cm and 50/100W spotlights for bigger plants (some of my plants are really old and bigger then 2 meters!) 4.how to give your plants the best habitat to grow: ok! I’ve used a really easy set up, just one 3 bar pump with a fogger system bought on amazon ;) it works for 30 seconds every 3 hours. 5. fix every shelves is very important 6. time to move my plants from greenhouse to growbox 7. after 2 weeks they start to bloom and 1 month later they seems to really like the “winter cave”! Let me know how do you think about my work and feel free to share your experience! :) i hope someone will find it helpfull:) good growing to everyone! p.s: my temps are 26 celsius during day and 16-18 in the night as a normal tempsjump in my basement. p.p.s: beacause i prefer to walk into my house with my feet and not with a boat i’ve add a little air extractor just to throw some humidity outside, i’ll post some pics asap. sorry for my English :) I hope it is understandable.
Hi there! I have some plants refusing to do anything this year. They only send some little phyllodia, and thats all. Rizome is healthy, but plants refuses to do anything but very little phyllodia, and no traps. (One of the lazy leucos only give me one well developed trap, and anything else. The rest of the lazies, nothing but small phylodia. Just like if they were in a dormancy. I have some suspects about what can be happening. 1-All this plants where buyed this winter/spring to a grower in German. He is a very well known and reliable grower, so I don´t have any trouble with him. But its important because of the location and climate. 2-All of these non growing plants are "warm" Sarracenias. I mean, Sarrs that naturally grow in southern locations (minor and leuco). I have "cooler" Sarracenias from the same growe, as purpureas, and they are doing very well. 3- Last winter was specially cold in Germany. 4- All other plants (even the same specie as the lazy ones I have from several years, or plants purchased this winther/spring to "warmer" places than Germany in winter are doing really good! So I think those plants have suferefed of extreme cold this winter, (southest sarrs like cool winters, but not to cold). and they sould be in a kind of shock. They behave as if they were still in dormancy (even in this rare hot and sunny summer we had here). Now in october I see a little more growing in one of those minors. Is it aweking now in october? Well, the thing is I am tempting to take the littles ones like psittacinas or minors (I can´t put a leuco indoor) that have refused to grow this summer indoor, under light (Hi power cob-LED lights. I grow Helis with them. Extremely bright.) to push them to grow. Yes, I know that is probable they will grow next spring. But, hence they have been in dormancy from 2011 November till now, I am thinking about making them grow indoors until mid spring, to link with the natural growing season, and them take them out. Letting them "sleep" next winter. They are southest sarras I am planning to do that with. With (I think) not a need os a strong dormancy. (But, I know still necesary) Minor and psittacinas (Not all my minors, neither all my psitts.). In part because I want to see this plants growing at last, in part because of experimenting, Do you think I am making a really big dissaster here? Another question for you. It is known that little seedlings (of sarrs an VFT) can skip dormancy for one or two years). Can I do de same whit the VFT plantlets that grow from the mother plants?? . My bigs VFT are sending out some tiny VFT plants from theirs sides, Just wondering if i can put them under lights and skip dormancy as if it were a sedling. Thanks.