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Apr 10, 2017 4:51 PM CST
Name: Jared Nicholes
Dietrich, Idaho (Zone 6a)
Hi Everyone.

I haven't posted on this topic in a LONG time. I just have a question concerning something I want to get back into.

I used to own TONS of carnivorous plants, as some know. I used to have a Nepenthes, a Sarracenia, a Venus Fly Trap, and a Sundew. They all died years ago due to dormancy problems and/or humidity problems. I want to get back into it for two reasons. First reason is that we have an insect problem at my house. Second reason, its fun!

My question is this, Is there a Nepenthes that tolerates low humidity? I am just curious. I know the requirements for the other plants.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Apr 10, 2017 5:38 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Maybe this will help answer your questions:

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Apr 10, 2017 5:43 PM CST
Name: Jared Nicholes
Dietrich, Idaho (Zone 6a)

@Daisyl, Thanks for the link, I will look over it.

Carnivorous plants are fun, I used to own a lot.

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Jun 13, 2017 12:30 AM CST
Name: Bill Nelson
Corvallis Oregon (Zone 8a)
Yes, Sarracenia Northwest has some great information. Their DVDs are great. They also have a lot of informational Utube posts.

All the Neps will tolerate low humidity just fine. But if you want to keep it a bit higher than the room ambient level, set the pot on a tray of gravel with the water level just a bit below the surface of the gravel. It will increase the humidity around the plants quite a bit.
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Aug 8, 2019 3:14 AM CST

I have found that once you get a new nepenthes, you can actually acclimate it to a lower humidity. Almost regardless of the type. It does take time, and not always successful, but if you gradually lower humidity - they tend to do ok. You know it's not working when the pitcher buds just dry out without producing pitchers.

I also add a little superthrive to water when watering the plants as I'm decreasing humidity - as it seems to help the plant a little bit from going into too much shock.
Aug 9, 2019 9:43 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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My area is always a low humidity area, and my Nepenthes grows well indoors beside our west facing window by our kitchen sink. But I have to make them sit in distilled water. During summer it is very active growing time for them, likes a good sunny feel here. So far I do not attempt to give any fertilizers to them, so I feed it some live spiders or flies if I catch some indoors.
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