Nepenthes (Hanging Asian Pitcher Plant)
$26.17 incl. GST
Earliest Delivery in 2 days
Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 60-66cm
The pot comes with a hanger
- Nepenthes, commonly known as the Hanging or Asian Pitcher Plants, doubtless are the most ostentatious carnivorous plants next to the Venus flytrap.
- Among the most flamboyant and colorful of all plants, they are also extremes in carnivory.
- For Nepenthes are the only plants in the world that can be said to somewhat regularly eat vertebrates in the wild.
- Small lizards, mice, and even rats have been found digesting in their orchid-like traps.
- The genus occupies a vast natural range, spanning from Madagascar and the Seychelles, India, and Indochina.
- Use a mix of 1 part dried sphagnum moss and 1 part perlite.
- Avoid using potting soil and compost, as their nutrient and mineral ingredients can kill carnivorous plants.
- Nepenthes respond well to foliar fertilization.
- Spray twice a month during the growing season with a dilute (10%) orchid fertilizer.
- Provide partial sunlight, several hours of direct sun with bright filtered light during the rest of the day.
- Avoid the full shade.
- Sun is the key element in getting your plant to grow pitchers.
- The energy provided by photosynthesis is what grows the traps, and the light from the sun is essential to producing good color.
- Unlike other carnivorous plants, Nepenthes will tolerate hard water (up to 200 parts per million) with almost no adverse effect.
- Make sure the water drains through the soil completely, hefting the pot to make sure it's heavy and saturated.
- Avoid standing water, as this can cause root rot in Nepenthes, and can make them susceptible to pests.