Nepenthes Bloody Mary in hanging basket

Nepenthes Bloody Mary in hanging basket

Pot in cm: 11

Height in cm: 45

Nepenthes are tropical pitcher plants native to parts of South East Asia, India, Madagascar and Australia. Most are vines, but some remain compact in habit. The name "Monkey Cups" comes from monkeys occasionally drinking the fluid in the pitchers.

The pitcher is actually a swelling of the mid-vein in the leaf. Insects are attracted to this because of nectar secretions and coloration. The slippery rim (peristome) and inner walls of the pitcher encourage insects to fall into the digestive fluid at the bottom of the trap. Nutrients are absorbed from this "soup."

If you grow orchids in a greenhouse, then Nepenthes should thrive with the orchids, needing similar conditions.

Position: bright and warm spot, no direct sunlight, likes extra humudity

Soil:  well-draining potting compost

Watering: regular watering with distilled or rain water not allowing to dry out but not letting be waterlogged eitherThey benefit from moist media and occasional flooding to wash away any accumulated salts. Use relatively clean water such as rain, distilled or purified water.

Pot covers: choose a 16 cm pot cover to give a good fit over the pot.