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Growing Nepenthes Pitcher Plants

Nepenthes are tropical pitcher plants with many species and now hybrids available.  They grow most commonly as a vine, when you see pictures of vine bridges in Asia they are usually made from Nepenthes vines.  I found it hard to believe that they would be that sturdy until one day I tried to tear a dead pitcher from one of my plants, it would not tear off I had to get a pair of clippers.  They can be grown for years in hanging baskets with just occasional pruning and need to be protected from the cold in the winter.  They can be sensitive to additives in many potting soils so it is best to grow them in plain peat moss or sphagnum moss.  Never fertilize them!  They can get all the nitrogen they need to grow from just a few insects they will trap and digest in their pitchers, bugs crawl in and cannot crawl out.  Many say to only water with distilled water or rainwater but mine have grown fine with my well water.  They cannot be watered with city water as they are sensitive to the chlorine and other chemicals that may be in it.  They will grow best in some shade and a little morning sun is fine for them.  As they develop new pitchers you may need to add a little water into these, they only need a 1/8" to 1/4" of water in the bottom of the pitchers.  This will keep your pitchers from drying out and collapsing in dry weather.