Tag: carnivorous plant

The Nepenthes cuttings

The cuttings I took from my Nepenthes ventrata two months ago are doing okay! I lost one of the three cuttings, but the rest are alive and rooting. So far none of them have shown any new leaf growth, but the stalk I took the cuttings from is now growing fresh, green side shoots and basal shoots. I’m glad the experiment hasn’t failed completely!

I took the cuttings out of the plastic bag they were in after only a couple of weeks because I saw what looked like sooty mold on some of the leaves. One of the cuttings had already shown signs of root growth, so I just stuck them back in their old pot with wet sphagnum moss.

Taking cuttings from my Nepenthes ventrata

I kept putting off propagating this beast, but I think now is the time to do so. The 50 cm long vine was pulling the pot out of my hanging planter and got stuck to everything. And the pitchers weren’t all that magnificent this year anyway.

So I cut the vine into 3 pieces, each with 4-6 nodes, and wrapped some paper around the base of the cuttings as a sort of reverse diaper to keep them moist. The water I use is reverse osmosis water with 0 ppm dissolved salts. This is what I usually use to water my carnivorous plants. Nepenthes take a long time to grow roots and I don’t expect them to do anything for the next month or so.

Nepenthes x Hookeriana pitcher

This is the biggest pitcher I’ve had on my Nepenthes x Hookeriana so far. I’ve had this plant for a couple of years now and it loves staying in this same spot in my hobby room, out of direct sunlight. The room is constantly warm and slightly humid because I mist the plants in this room every day. The perfect environment for carnivorous plants!

The plant itself is the slowest growing carnivorous plant I’ve had. It grows very large leaves unlike my Nepenthes Ventrata, but it only puts out one leaf every month or so. And the pitchers form even more slowly. This pitcher should grow slightly larger over the coming weeks. The “lid” only just popped open yesterday. Now it’s ready to feast on some flies!

I guess the Pinguicula was hungry

Last night my Pinguicula laueana caught itself some type of moth for dinner. I’m pretty impressed because until today it has only caught gnats and fruit flies. I genuinely didn’t think they were sticky enough to catch anything bigger than that.

Both of my Pinguicula love the humid Danish summer and grow at the speed of light right now. If distilled water wasn’t so expensive and hard to find, I would have a mountain of Pinguicula to protect me from all of the little annoying critters out there.

Nepenthes Ventrata

It’s finally warm and humid enough to hang out the cold sensitive carnivorous plants. My Nepenthes Ventrata just started to develop pitchers a couple of months ago after a full pitcher-less year, and they’re already way bigger than they have been the two years I’ve had him.

The wasps now have a nice surprise waiting for them on my balcony.

N. reinwardtiana

Not a succulent, but I wanted to share my little side project anyway (posted this on Reddit as well). I’ve always been totally fascinated by Nepenthes plants, but I never tried growing them from seed because of how difficult it is to germinate the seeds and keep the seedlings alive at this stage.

Nepenthes (in this case N. reinwardtiana) is a carnivorous pitcher plant. They lure their prey with sweet smelling nectar and feast on flies that fall into the slippery cups, located on the leaf tips.

This is one of my seedlings at 4 days (pic 1) and 2 months (pic 2). The little pitchers are no more than 3 mm tall, but some of the tiny seedlings have already feasted on springtails and/or gnat larvae on my grow rack!