Nepenthes Ampullaria (Hotlip)
 

 

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Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

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Nepenthes Ampullaria (Hotlip)

Description

The Nepenthes (pronounced /nɨˈpɛnθiːz/, from Greek: ne ‘not’, penthos ‘grief, sorrow’; named after the mythical drug Nepenthe), popularly known as tropical pitcher plants or monkey cups, are a genus of carnivorous plants in the monotypic family Nepenthaceae.

Light
Tropical pitcher plants thrive where they receive filtered to full sunlight for at least 6 hours daily.
The most ideal place indoors for Tropical Pitcher Plants is at the windowsill or balcony parapet where there is ample natural light.

Growing Medium
Tropical Pitcher Plants flourish in a well drained but moisture-retaining medium.
Cocochips, peat moss, pine bark chips or a combination of 1/2 perlite and 1/2 long fiber sphagnum moss can be used.
It is not advisable to fertilize your Tropical Pitcher Plants.

Humidity & Air Circulation
Relatively high atmospheric humidity is essential for proper pitcher formation. Good air circulation is also necessary but refrain from placing your newly potted Tropical Pitcher Plant in an overly windy spot as it may desiccate.


The problems that most growers run into with nepenthes is that sometimes the plant refuses to pitcher.
This is sometimes due to insufficient light or humidity.
In Singapore’s hot climate, it is best to stick to growing lowland nepenthes.
Highland plants generally do not do well.
However, there are some highland species such as N. veitchii that are able to adapt.
Most intermediate nepenthes are also able to grow relatively well here.

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