Nepenthes Bloody Mary - Carnivorous plant
Pot in cm: 15
Height in cm: 40
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 up but not letting be waterlogged either
Pot covers: choose a 16 cm pot cover to give a good fit over the pot.
NEPENTHES Common name: Monkey Bamboo Jug, Does best in full sunlight, Water every 2 days with distilled water or rainwater. Give at most, a very dilute liquid fertiliser.
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.
Sun: Nepenthes generally like bright light without much direct sun. About 50% sun or dappled shade is good.
Water: Do not allow Nepenthes to dry out completely. They benefit from moist media and occasional flooding to wash away any accumulated salts. Use relatively clean water such as rain, distilled or purified water.
Nepenthes can live for many years with proper care.