I have had two of the easy growing heliamphora for maybe around 6-8 months (heterodoxia and minor). They seem to growing well - the heterodoxia came with a flower, but has not flowered in my ownership which has me a minorly (har har) worried, but has probably tripled in size. Minor may have grown a little, it’s still very small.
In addition I recently picked up two new heliamphoras (exa and minor var pilosa) - both have new pitchers forming in the month under my care. These fellas led me to do a bit more research and have a couple questions.
TLDR - can these fellas survive intermediate conditions long term? Find conflicting info online.
- 77-85 during the day, with the 83 to 85 high lasting for maybe an hour at the height of the day, and a constant 69-70F at night. Humidity remains between 75-85%, sometimes higher depending on the ambient Georgia humidity. I ensure they have RODI water in their pitchers at all times, and mist them to simulate a light rain every day. My thermastat is set at 78 during the day, so the variance in temperature is from their grow light.
Just wondering if I need to start looking to trade them out or if they should be alright. Maybe only time can tell? The information online seems to be conflicting in that some people can grow them on their kitchen counter with no problems, and some people have them die after 6 months. Have read they require a drop to 50-55 degrees at night, but also read 70 night / 78+day is fine. I’m aware of species vs hybrid vigor is different as well.
Thanks for reading and for your expertise!