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How do you take care of Nepenthes?

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Asked by: Stephanie Benitez


  1. Light: Nepenthes alata will do best with morning direct sun and bright indirect light in the afternoon.⁣
  2. Water: Never allow your Nepenthes alata to dry out completely. Water when the top 1-2” are dry. …
  3. Nepenthes alata attract insects to their pitchers, and once inside the insects are unable to escape.

How often should you water Nepenthes?

2-3 times per week

Nepenthes like to remain moist but not flooded. This is best accomplished by top watering them 2-3 times per week. The shallow tray method can be used when going out of town. Fill the tray with about 1” of water and then allow the tray to dry out for a couple days before refilling.

Can you keep Nepenthes indoors?

Growing Nepenthes indoors is very possible. You can grow them in a terrarium or a mini hot house that you keep inside the house. Apart from terrariums and greenhouses, you can place the plants on a windowsill. To grow your Nepenthes on a windowsill, you will need to make sure there is enough bright light.

How often should I mist Nepenthes?

I mist my household nepenthes daily and they seem to enjoy it. I also mist the developing pitchers directly which seems to increase the success rate of pitcher creation. For something like ventra they can tolerate low humidity, but I would recommend misting your plant daily.

Should I mist my pitcher plant?

Tips on Watering Carnivorous Plants
Although pitcher plants (and other carnivorous plants) tolerate dry air, they frequently stop producing pitchers when the humidity drops below 50 percent. If the environment is dry, mist regularly or place the plant near a room humidifier.

Can I feed my pitcher plant dead bugs?

It is best to select small bugs that are about 1/3 the size of the traps, otherwise the carnivorous plant could become overwhelmed. You can use live or dead bugs to feed these plants.

Can Nepenthes be watered with tap water?

I have been watering neps for over 2 years with tap water and they are fine. My plants absorb Carbon Dioxide – And bugs!

What should Nepenthes be potted in?

Nepenthes like to grow in potting mixtures similar to orchids. Many growers use ingredients such as coconut coir, bark, sphagnum moss, perlite and lava rock. Our favorite potting mixture is 50/50 long fiber sphagnum moss and perlite.

What kind of soil do Nepenthes need?

They are tolerant of a wide variety of soil mixes. The best are about three parts New Zealand long-fibered Sphagnum moss to one part of some combination of coarse materials, such as perlite, orchid bark, pumice, tree-fern fiber, lava rock or charcoal.

When should I repot my Nepenthes?

You ideally want to repot your Nepenthes every 2-3 years. However, if you notice any of the following, it may also be time to repot! Like most plants, the best time to repot Nepenthes is early spring when the plant is being exposed to more light and warmer temperatures.

Should I repot my pitcher plant?

Pitcher plants, like other plants, do best when you repot them early in the spring before they have a chance to produce new growth. When your plant is still dormant, right before the spring arrives, remove it from its pot and gently remove as much planting medium as you can using a chopstick or other small object.