While these plants do look otherworldly strange and might spark the feeling of being difficult to cultivate, the majority of Nepenthes are quite easy to take care of.
Just make sure to follow these 4 simple tips and you can enjoy vigorous growth and beautiful pitchers.
A constant relative humidity above 70% ensures healthy growth. Hybrids in general are usually more robust and tolerant of low-humidity environments like windowsills or conservatories. Sturdy, rigid leaves are often a good indicator for plants that can easily adapt to these conditions.
Pitcher plants require and appreciate a very bright environment. Make sure to provide a good amount by placing your plant on a south or west-facing windowsill but avoid direct sunlight. If grown in terrariums or grow-tents, light from an artificial source is essential. Ideally, energy efficient LED-systems are used to generate quality light, without the risk of burning leaves.
Our plants will generally be shipped bare root, wrapped in damp high-quality Sphagnum moss. Make sure to have pots and soil components ready upon delivery.
An open, slightly acidic soil mixture has proven to be optimal for growing the majority of Nepenthes species and hybrids. We had great results by using long-fibered New Zealand Sphagnum moss supplemented with horticultural-grade perlite for an even and aerated mixture.
The media should constantly be kept moist using distilled water or rainwater, but never wet to avoid fungal diseases and root rot.
Tropical pitcher plants can be classified into three major groups based on their temperature requirements during the day and at night.
0 – 800 m Lowland Nepenthes, 30 to 22 °C
800 – 1500 m Intermediate Nepenthes, 28 to 17 °C
1500 – 3300 m Highland Nepenthes, 25 to 12 °C
Intermediate as well as Highland species require a consistent temperature drop at night. Most hybrids can be grown in intermediate conditions, making them the perfect plants for beginners.
During winter, Nepenthes grown on the windowsill might lose their pitchers because of the lack of light and the overall drier conditions. You can promote pitcher-growth by installing additional lighting and by placing large saucers filled with water near the plants, creating a humid microclimate.
Make sure to check out additional plant-specific information in the product description.