Nepenthes Pitcher Plant

Nepenthes

Nepenthes Pitcher Plant

Nepenthes
Nice carnivorous plant
The Nepenthes, or better known as a pitcher plant, is a carnivorous plant from the swamps of South East Asia. It‘s often seen as a crown jewel among the carnivorous plants, which is no surprise due to its special shape. The pitcher plant forms a red-brown coloured cup with a lid on the protrusions of the green leaf. Insects are lured into the cup with nectar once inside the insects get stuck in a syrupy liquid full of digestive enzymes that cause them to be digested by the plant. The plant’s name is based on a part of Homer’s Odyssey, where an Egyptian queen gives the medicine Nepenthes pharmakon to a sad Helena. The name means 'no sadness', this choice was supported by the statement: "If someone watches this admirable work of Mother Nature, they will forget all their illnesses in its delight!
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Nepenthes Pitcher Plant
Nepenthes Pitcher Plant
Nepenthes Pitcher Plant
Specifications:
Latin name: Nepenthes
Delivery type: Delivered as plant in nursery pot
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Green,Red
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: Yes
Hardy plants: No
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Growing Height: 15 - 40 cm
Planting+

Plant your Nepenthes in a hanging pot a.s.a.p upon receipt. Or use a tall planter that it can hang over the edges. The pot should have holes in the base and hopefully a matching saucer for drainage. You could also use a normal pot with holes, inside a larger planter without and catch the drain-off in there. Add a layer of hydro-pellets, then some fresh potting compost and plant your Nepenthes at the correct height for it to hang over the edge. Fill the pot with more potting compost and press the whole thing carefully in. Do leave sufficient space for watering between the top of the soil and the pot edge.
Water generously immediately and give your plant a nice warm spot (preferably), in part shade. No full sun and preferably not about a radiator. Avoid draughts as much as possible.

Care+

Water your Nepenthes regularly and do not allow it to dry out. Rain water is preferable. Carnivorous plants should not be fertilised at all. While this plant will tolerate low humidity, the Nepenthes may well develop brown edges to its leaves so you would do well to spray it regularly with rain water to avoid this. You could also try potting up to a larger external planter with a layer of hydro-pellets in the base. Stand the plant in its pot on the hydro-pellets and excess drainage will help keep the humidity up.
Your Nepenthes will create longer shoots after a while and you could then perhaps train these up a frame of some sort that's in the pot. If not trained upwards, it will definitely need a hanging pot, or a tall planter to allow it to trail.

Extra+

The foliage is a lovely bright green. Each leaf develops the bright red, hanging chalice shaped flowers. The more light this plant gets, the redder they will be. Nepenthes originated in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America where it grows long lianas/vines. We can luckily grow these plants as houseplants so they are less vigorous.

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