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Nepenthes - 'Pitcher Plants'

Nepenthe The Pitcher Plant

Nepenthes include some of the more spectacular carnivorous plants. Also known as Pitcher Plants', like many other carnivorous plants Nepenthes are a climbing plant trap small insects in a cavity.

A varied species with many varieties available for sale for the enthusiast, these insect eating plants are fascinating from a collectors point of view and of great interest to the average gardener.

Nepenthes are native to tropical and sub tropical areas (Malaysia, India, Australia and others the plants get their name from the hanging 'pitchers' that trap small insects.

In terms of care and growing conditions two groups are usually defined, firstly the lowland species, which require warmth and humidity, and are often grown in greenhouses.

The highland species are a little easier to grow for the average gardener, they will grow in cooler climates, however they still need humidity.

Nepenthe Varieties

Although many species are available, including some hybrids, some are easiest than others. The most popular species include:
  • Nepenthes rajah
  • Nepenthes attenbourghii
  • Nepenthes miranda
  • Nepenthes rafflesiana
  • Nepenthes alata
  • Nepenthes truncta
  • Nepenthes ventricosa

Propagation

The easiest method of propagation is from stem cuttings.

These can be taken at any time, however the plant does need to be healthy and preferably showing signs of active growth. You will need a propagating mix that is free draining, sterile and free of nutrients and salts.

The stems are cut so that they have 2 nodes. They are inserted into the growing medium and then kept warm and humid until new growth commences.

This is a fairly simple explanation, if you are really enthusiastic, we suggest joining your local carnivorous plant society for some expert instructions.

 

You can buy Nepenthes online from the following nurseries

PREDATORY PLANTS - phone - (650) 720-5195
email - info@predatoryplants.com
Specializing in carnivorous plants. venus flytraps, pitcher plants, nepenthes, sundews, sarracenia
www.predatoryplants.com

CASCADE CARNIVORES - phone: 4253515967
13340 SE 79th PL Newcastle WA postcode: 98059
Carnivorous plant nursery located in Washington state offering tropical pitcher plants, butterworts, Dewy Pines and more. We ship Dewy Pines plants. US sales only.
www.cascadecarnivores.com