When the wind brushes the mixture in the Philippines in the territory of pitchers plants(another name for Nepenthes) appears the "The Beautiful Belly". This plant comes from a natural cross between Nepenthes ventricosa and Nepenthes alata. The nice cylindrical traps, rouded at the base, express, when you look them a certain fullness. Greedy, bon vivant, that's what this nice Nepenthes makes me think. Easy growing in your greenhouse, bathroom or veranda.
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:: A CARNIVOROUS PLANT AT HOME - CULTIVATION INSTRUCTIONS 2
To cultivate these carnivorous plants, hold the following 4 advices.
1 - Repotting : as soon as buying (except for Nepenthes and Catopsis), in a large pot fitted with plastic saucer or in a tray with water tank gauged. Do not be afraid by ridicule, it requires a depth of 20 to 40 cm minimum, and as much on the sides, whether for a single plant or four. The repotting is done every four years, renewing only the substrate.
2 - Substrate : only composed of 50% of natural peat moss (certainely not brown peat) without any addition, + 50% sand for aquarium bought in an aquarium store. Thoroughly mix the 2 elements and waterlogged.
3 - Watering : preferably use two kinds of water: rainwater harvested of course in a non-polluted area, or demineralized water (not flavored) which serves to irons steam and batteries. Let dip the base of the pot in 2 to 3 cm of water from the beginning of May to October. For pots with water reserve, place the water level to a quarter of the height gauge. In winter, from November to April, do not let water in the saucer, just keep the soil barely moist: touch it with your index finger, a trace of moisture should remain on the finger. Watering should be done during this period on the top of the substrate. For Nepenthes, keep the soil moist throughout the year, but does not allow swimming base of the pot in water. The hygrometry should be high for these plants.
4 - Light : essential to the growth of carnivorous plants, otherwise you will see your plants being deformed and pass from life to death. Keep them in the house all year long in a moist room (bathroom), put them near the windows at 10 or 15 cm of the glass at the same level as the latter. Temperatures must be between 17 °C to 35 °C. They can grow well in a conservatory or greenhouse, if the temperatures are respected.
Never do it. Never believe it.
► Never spray the plants with water. Except for Nepenthes and Catopsis
► No fertilizer, they are frugal. Except for Nepenthes watered with orchid ferlilizer at the dose referred to the orchids and at the frequency of 1 time per month in winter, every 10 days from spring to autumn.
► Do not feed with insects nor with chopped meat. They won't die of hunger, their roots allow them to draw water, and small amounts of minerals contained in the peat. The supplement is made by the catched preys.
For more information, do not send regular mail but phone to +(33)18.104.22.168.48 in french or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Culture||High temperature in winter above 18 °C|
|Frost sensitive||Yes (no resistance)|
|Number of plant per pot||1|
|Growth stage||Half mature|
|Life-expectancy||Perennial (several years)|