- Wed May 05, 2021 4:02 pm
I honesty did not know what to expect when I purchased my regia. Window sill culture was in its future, and I wasn’t expecting the plant to do well, especially in hot, dry Las Vegas. But I was captivated by the plant. I had to give it a try.
My first regia was a 3-4” plant as well, and it surprised me by quickly sending up leaf after leaf and eating like a monster. The regia grew in an uncooled room on a sunny window sill where temps could reach over 110F in the afternoon, and the summer heat did prevent the plant from dewing up well. It started to stall when overnight lows rose into the 80s (no way was it going to put up with Las Vegas’ 90+ overnight lows during the height of summer), and that was when I began sending it into a fridge for a good night’s sleep. The regia doesn’t seem particularly happy during my hot summers, but it tolerates them and is a glorious plant dripping in dew during the remainder of the year.
Aside from its fridge residency during the summer, the regia has surprisingly proven to be a bone hardy, undemanding plant for me. My original young plant has multiplied into several, and it is mesmerizing to see those 12-15” tentacles tightly coiled around prey! If my overnight lows didn’t wander over the mid-80s for extended periods of time, the regia would do quite well just sitting on its window sill.
Long story short, like Drummer230 says, you just never know until you try. Growing regia on a sunny window sill in Las Vegas is not a wise choice by most standards. But for me, the plant has thrived, and I am so glad I tried!