Re: Phototron, Nepenthes, etc.
Wed, 26 Jan 1994 18:29:37 -0500 (EST)

I've joined in a bit late, but your growth rate of Nepenthes sounds
about right to me. I once figured out that most of my Neps put up a new
leaf every 3-4 weeks.

How much does one of these phototron units cost? I've had pretty good
success growing lowland Nepenthes in aquaria with a 2 bulb, 4 foot
shoplight for light. I put about 3 inches of water in the bottom of the
aquariaum, drop in a submersible heater set to 80F, and place the pots
on "egg crate" which is suspended aboveetheewater. I grow 'em in long-fiber
sphagnum, and fertilize with dilute miracid occasionally.

We had a spell of record breaking cold last week, and temps droppped to
-5FF. As luck would have it, our heater died and the temps inside
dropped to below freezing. We ended up with frozen pipes and lots of dead
CP. :( The temps in the Nepenthes terraria went down to 50F, but the
plants survived. My cephalotus' pitchers have all turned black, but I'm
hoping the plant will come back. Lots of sub-tropical Drosera were lost.
On the bright side, I lost lots of weedy D Capensis.

Doug Atlas