[Tropical Pitcher Plant]
[Tropical Pitcher Plant]
[Tropical Pitcher Plant]
[Tropical Pitcher Plant]
[Tropical Pitcher Plant]
[Tropical Pitcher Plant]
[Tropical Pitcher Plant]
[Tropical Pitcher Plant]
[Tropical Pitcher Plant]
[Tropical Pitcher Plant]
[Tropical Pitcher Plant]
[Tropical Pitcher Plant]

SEYMOUR [Tropical Pitcher Plant]

Nepenthis x Ventrata

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This wacky carnivorous plant is dubbed 'Monkey Cups' because in the wild, monkeys are often found drinking water from the pitchers. The pitcher is actually a swelling of the mid-vein in the leaf, and produces a sweet insect-attracting nectar. The sticky inner walls of the pitcher traps the insects in the digestive fluid at the bottom of the pitcher. The plant absorbs nutrients from this "soup", nom nom.

 

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Caring for Seymour

Light

Pitcher plants enjoy good light. If grown indoors they need to be near a sunny window, or outdoors in morning sun to dappled shade. Too much light will cause pale yellowing leaves or brown spots of sunburn. To little light leads to a weak spindly plant and no pitchers.

Water & humidity

Pitcher plants prefer higher humidity, but are adaptable to normal humidity levels around 50%. They may need some help in dry Highveld winters by placing them in a bathroom or near a humidifier. If no pitchers are produced it's likely the humidity is too low. Keep the pitchers filled with water or they will shrivel. The potting medium should be slightly moist. 

Feeding

If your Pitcher Plant is somewhere where it can catch insects it shouldn't need fertilising. You can pop an occasional flattened mosquito or fly in the cups - but not too many! Alternatively mist with a light dose of orchid fertiliser, don't let rich fertilisers build up in the soil.

Re-potting

It's always a good idea to give your plant fresh soil every 12-18 months, even if it doesn't need a bigger pot, as Pitchers have shallow root systems. Normal potting soil will be too rich, rather use an orchid mix with some spaghnum moss.

Atrium Top Tip

Monkey Cups is a vining plant. It's best to prune the main vining stem to encourage a fuller bushier plant. Allow the shrivelled cups to stay on the plant for a while before snipping them off, as they feed the plant. 

Quirky plant fact

Some species of Pitcher Plant in the wild can develop cups large enough to hold 2 litres of water, capable of catching lizards and rats.