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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!

The Nepenthes trio

My Nepenthes trio is doing well this winter. The N. Ventrata (front) started yellowing just before I brought it inside and now it has lots of green leaves again. Every day I mist them with distilled water to help them get trough the time they need to spend indoors in low humidity. They all pretty much stopped pitchering, but they’re growing more leaves, so that’s fine.

In this picture: Nepenthes “Lady Luck” (hanging planter), Nepenthes x Hookeriana and Nepenthes x Ventrata (left to right on the window sill).

New Nepenthes

Earlier this week I saw the most beautiful deep red Nepenthes on my local florist’s website and instantly fell in love. I wasn’t going to add more plants to my carnivore collection, so I waited a few days, hoping I would forget about it. I didn’t. And here he is.

Everybody, meet Nepenthes “Bloody Mary” (AKA Lady Luck).

It’s much bigger than I thought it was, but I’m not complaining!

Nepenthes ventrata pitchers

My Nepenthes ventrata a month ago and now.
Even though carnivorous plant enthusiasts tell you to never fertilize these, they can still benefit from it if you do it correctly. I heavily diluted (quarter strength) the plant food I use for my succulents and applied a few drops directly on the leaves. A week later it started a growth spurt and produced these huge pitchers.

This doesn’t work if you add fertilizer to their water as it will burn the roots and possibly kill the plant.

Nepenthes reinwardtiana and Dionaea muscipula “Venus Flytrap”

This is my biggest 1 year old Nepenthes reinwardtiana and 8 months old Dionaea muscipula “Venus Flytrap” (B52xB52) seedling. The pics make them look much bigger than they are. In fact the cups/traps in the first pic are only 4mm tall on the biggest seedling. The Flytraps are roughly the same size.

The Nepenthes seedling at 2 months

My Venus flytrap at 6 months