4 x assorted Nepenthes plant varieties.
Plants are our choice of 4 different varieties or you can choose from 4 of the following plants:
Nepenthes rafflesiana x ampullaria
Nepenthes 'Rebecca Soper'
Nepenthes ventricosa x burkei
Nepenthes ventricosa x rafflesiana
All nepenthes are grown in our growing houses under Highland conditions.
Each plant will come with its botanical name tag.
Photos are just an idea of plants. They are not the exact plants that you will receive.
All plants are posted bare/loose rooted i.e. not in pots.
This pack can also be purchased as Nepenthes Pack With Extras with pots and nepenthes mix, if you need these to pot the plants in when you receive them.
If you do require the extra items, do not purchase this pack, purchase the Nepenthes Pack With Extras available in a separate listing.
Also available: Nepenthes pack with extras and book available in a separate listing.
REPOTTING: When re-potting your Nepenthes we use a mixture of 75% 5-10mm size orchid bark, and the other 25% made up of Sphagnum peat moss, sphagnum moss and perlite. Or they can be grown in straight Sphagnum moss.
Wet your mix thoroughly through first before potting your plant into it. The best time to re-pot is in the spring when the plants are doing most of their growing. However you can pot at any time of the year. Use a pot to suit the size of the plant, giving it enough room to grow for the following year, but not too big that it dwarfs the plant.
WATERING: Nepenthes do not like to be water logged, but do not like to dry out. Water and let the water run through the pot. During summer you will need to do this once a day, during winter - once or twice a week. Make sure the mix always looks moist. If your water is good enough to drink straight from the tap, then this is alright to use on your plant. If not you should use either rain, distilled or reverse osmosis water.
FERTILIZING: Do not fertilize with flies or insects. We feed with a mixture of Seasol and Powerfeed. To one litre of water, we use 4 ml of Seasol and 3ml of Powerfeed. DO NOT use any other fertilisers. We use this mix every 6-8 weeks from Spring to Autumn either watered onto the growing medium, or poured into the water tray beneath the pot. You might like to catch the fertilised water running out the bottom of the pot to reuse again once the next day to make sure the plant gets a good feed.
LIGHT: Nepenthes require a high level of light to help produce pitchers/traps. They need at least a couple of hours of natural light a day. A window sill inside the house that gets morning sun in summer and afternoon sun in winter is an excellent position. Otherwise you can grow them in a terrarium, greenhouse, glasshouse or porch. Nepenthes need protection from the wind, hot afternoon sun and frost.
HUMIDITY: Another reason for Nepenthes not growing pitchers/traps is lack of humidity. The easiest way to create humidity is to place a tray under the Nepenthes pot. The tray needs to be about twice the area of the plant pot and filled with water and porous pebbles i.e. scoria, so that they absorb the water and create humidity. Change the water in the tray every month to avoid salt build up. A terrarium or glasshouse will provide warmth and humidity. But a warm sunny window sill will give you enough heat for the plant to survive.
DORMANCY: During winter your Nepenthes may not produce pitchers/traps. Cut off any dead pitchers where it is attached to the leaf. Any dead leaves can be cut off where the leaf meets the plant stem. You can put a clear plastic bag over the plant in winter to keep it warmer and more humid.
When a Nepenthes goes through its transition stage and starts to grow its vine, it will have a time gap before it starts to grow upper pitchers. In the wild, they won't grow upper pitchers until the vine reaches the top of the tree where it gets more light, and to catch the insects that live up there.
FLOWERING: Nepenthes will only flower in a high light situation. They will only flower once they start to produce upper pitchers. Nepenthes plants are either male or female, so cannot be self-pollinated.