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Help with terrarium design

by bananaman » Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:01 am

Hello all!
I need help designing a terrarium for my Nepenthes ventricosa.
It is hitting the lights of its current terrarium, in other words it is 1 foot tall and 1.3 feet wide.
It is starting to vine, so it will only get bigger.
How should I design the terrarium?
How tall and wide should it be?
I would prefer not to have to move it out of the new terrarium, so it should be big enough for a fully grown Nepenthes ventricosa.
I, sadly, cannot put it in a greenhouse, because I do not have the space, time, or money to build or buy one.

Thank you so much!!!!

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Re: Help with terrarium design

by Daniel_G » Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:41 am

Chop it up! That's a decent solution ;)
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Re: Help with terrarium design

by cpman » Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:46 pm

what he means is cut off the main stem in other words take a stem cutting one question why dnt u want it outside????
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Re: Help with terrarium design

by bananaman » Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:55 pm

I want it to flower, which is why I am NOT going to chop it up.
It is not outside, because my climate is terrible for neps (gets 100+ degrees EVERY SUMMER with 30% humidity, gets down to 23 EVERY WINTER with NO humidity).
I also want to see the upper pitchers, and I am starting to see the later intermediates!

Thanks for the ideas, but I REALLY need help with a design because every new leaf is so close to my light, that they are burning (IE brown spots all over leaf).

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Re: Help with terrarium design

by cpman » Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:27 pm

I really cant help u wit terrariums cause I dnt use them cause nepenthes grow way too big as u are finding out. By the way I didnt mean outside the house I meant out side the terrarium in a windowsill in a west window is Ideal. If u are concerned about humidity pick up a humidifier on ebay but I dnt see why u need it cause ventricosa is very adaptable.If u were talking about lowland neps like ampullaria,bicalcarata,rafflesiana etc... I would really see ur point an example my N.rafflesiana is getting 86% humidity right now but for a ventricosa there is really no need.Hope this helped by the way I uploeded some pics in photos of other cps forum called "new pics of nepenthes".
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Re: Help with terrarium design

by nep lover » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:09 pm

What about mini green house with a humidifer??
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Re: Help with terrarium design

by bananaman » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:49 pm

I can't afford one and I don't have the space :cry:

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Re: Help with terrarium design

by bananaman » Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:36 am

I really need some help with this soon because when my nep puts out it's next leaf, it will get stuck against the light! :shock:

(It will put out it's next leaf in about a week)

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Re: Help with terrarium design

by Astarift » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:22 am

tilt the whole plant? so it will have more place to grow? else if you cant grow it outside, dont expect for it to grow big

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Re: Help with terrarium design

by Shes Crofty » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:39 am

a mini greenhouse would cost you 50 bucks, I'm not sure how designing a new terrarium would be cheaper unless you have a terrarium to use already.

I have seen a setup that is a glass aquarium on it's side, hot dog style. With the opening facing a wall. The back was cardboard and it had a light poking through it at the top. Kinda hard to explain..

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Re: Help with terrarium design

by bananaman » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:27 am

I just need the dimensions of a fully grown ventricosa.
I understand your desgin, crofty, but height is my biggest concern now, and a hot dog style is short!

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Re: Help with terrarium design

by cpman » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:13 pm

SORRY banana neps grow indefinatly in other words they'll grow up forever buahahahaha :twisted: but,normally size will be a few feet I would go with a terrarium of 5 feet height and a diameter of 4 feet too you are lucky some nepenthes vines can grow up to 17+ feet high :lol:
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Re: Help with terrarium design

by Shes Crofty » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:26 pm

bananaman wrote:I just need the dimensions of a fully grown ventricosa.
I understand your desgin, crofty, but height is my biggest concern now, and a hot dog style is short!


I've always been taught that hot dog style is long way goes upward, and hamburger is sideways, cause that's how you see it when you eat it. Well, if hamburger style is the long way, then I meant hamburger style!
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So I've seen a setup where the aquarium is standing like this, the top view facing the wall. I just saw a picture of it, no specifics or anything.

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