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4” Nepenthes - Pitcher Plant

Nepenthes, also known as tropical pitcher plants or monkey cups, are fascinating carnivorous plants known for their pitcher-shaped traps that lure, capture, and digest insects.

Here are some care tips for Nepenthes:

☀️ Provide bright, indirect light for Nepenthes. They thrive in filtered sunlight, such as near a window with sheer curtains or under fluorescent grow lights. Avoid direct sunlight, especially during the hottest part of the day, as it can scorch the leaves.

💦 Keep the soil evenly moist at all times. Nepenthes prefer high humidity, so water them regularly to prevent the soil from drying out completely. Use distilled water, rainwater, or purified water to avoid mineral buildup in the soil.

🪹 Plant Nepenthes in a well-draining, porous potting mix. A mix of sphagnum moss, perlite, and orchid bark works well to provide the necessary moisture retention and aeration.

🌡️ Nepenthes thrive in warm temperatures ranging from 70-85°F (21-29°C) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 50°F (10°C) but prefer to be kept warm.

🌧️ Maintain high humidity levels around Nepenthes, ideally between 50-70%. You can increase humidity by misting the plant regularly, placing a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles beneath the plant, or using a room humidifier.

🍴🪲 While Nepenthes are carnivorous and derive nutrients from insects caught in their pitchers, they can also benefit from occasional supplemental feeding. Offer small insects like fruit flies, ants, or crickets to the pitchers every few weeks during the growing season.

✂️ Trim off any dead or brown pitchers as needed to maintain the plant's appearance and health. Pruning also encourages the growth of new pitchers.

🪴 Nepenthes should be repotted every 1-2 years to refresh the soil and provide room for growth. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one and use fresh potting mix.

By following these care tips, you can help your Nepenthes thrive and enjoy its unique beauty and carnivorous behavior. 💚

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4” Nepenthes - Pitcher Plant
4” Nepenthes - Pitcher Plant
4” Nepenthes - Pitcher Plant