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If the Venus flytrap claims to be the most common indoor predator, then the nepentes is the first candidate for the role of the brightest and most spectacular. Also known as a pitcher, the plant conquers not only with large vessel-like "traps", but also with its unusual structure.
Nepentes Origin: Tropical Asia
In nature, nepentes are very large lianas with ligneous stems, capable of rushing tens of meters in height along tree trunks. In room culture, nepentes is limited to 2 m, it can be grown on supports or as an ampel. The plant forms two types of leaves - ordinary and pitcher. The leaves of nepentes are large, with a convex medium vein and a pointed tip. Jugs from 5 cm long develop on the whiskers, into which the leaf stalks are transformed. The tendril is able to twine around branches and supports, it is crowned with a jug formed by a modified plate, which is intended for catching insects.
The shape of nepentes traps really resembles vessels: a flattened base and a narrowed top, a kind of neck - they are very decorative. The jugs look like outlandish huge flowers, they are painted in a variety of bright spotted patterns with red, white, light green hues. It is a dioecious predator. It is difficult to call nepentes bloom spectacular, but on this outlandish plant it is perceived as another exotic "touch". A small inflorescence of small petal-free flowers, although original, is nothing more, and indoor hybrids generally bloom very rarely.
Nepentes are represented mainly by hybrid varieties and forms.
- Colors of inflorescences: brown and green color of bracts
- Nepentes flowering time: from May to August
Nepentes insects are attracted by a shiny collar with sharp growths and cilia, as well as sweet fragrant nectar, along which the victims slide into the bubble. Inside, insects are held by sharp hairs while splitting occurs under the influence of digestive juice. This process takes up to 5 days. Each jug performs its functions for about 1 month. The main "delicacy" of Nepenthes in nature is ants.
- Recommended soil pH: 3.5 to 5.0
- Substrate: special for carnivorous plants
- Nepentes transplant: only as needed, in February-March
- Lighting: bright place without direct sunlight, additional lighting is desirable in winter
- Temperature: 15 to 30 degrees
- Air humidity: from 60%, spraying is ineffective, with dry air, pitchers are not formed
- Pests and diseases: aphids, scale insects and thrips
Nepentes needs very high soil moisture, but is afraid of excessive moisture. The water should not contain lime, its characteristics must be carefully monitored. Top dressing is applied in the cold season, when there are no insects, diluting three times fertilizer for orchids. Top dressing is carried out only for adult nepentes. Overgrown shoots can be pruned for plant control.
Propagated by nepentes stem cuttings.
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