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Nepenthes pitcher plant

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Description

Nepenthes, otherwise known as tropicl pitcher plants, are cool and unique looking carnivorous plants. Outdoors, the pitchers fill with rain water and passively capture insect prey. Insects are attracted by nectar or scent and fall and drown in the pitcher.

Size: 9 cm pot

Origin: Tropical Southeast Asia

Care

Light: Bright indirect light

Humidity: High

Temperature: 15-27ºC

Watering: Use distilled or rain water (especially avoid hard tap water or mineral water) and water the plant from the bottom. You can add a few drops of water in the pitchers. Keep compost damp at all times, but not soaking wet or waterlogged. If you can keep them in a terrarium all the better as this will keep humidity levels high. If light levels are low and temperature in the house is colder, reduce watering frequency (keep it just damp) from late november to early March. 

Feeding: Do not fertilize this plant. You can occasionally "feed" the plant with a small bug or ants.

Soil: Pitcher plants need poor soil, a mix of sphagnum moss, orchid bark perlite and coco coir should work well.

Tip: This plant can be toxic if ingested, so we advise to keep it away from pets and children. Keep away from direct sun, radiators and drafts.

Troubleshooting: Pitcher plants like humid enivonments, but are susceptible to root rot. Use appropriate soil mix and provide a humid environment. Carnivorous plants need acidic water and using neutral, mineral or alkaline water for long periods could damage your plant. The most commonly accessible source of acidic water is rainwater. You may also be able to use soft tap water or boiled tap water.

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