Re: Nepenthes

Oliver T Massey CFS (
Mon, 5 Dec 1994 09:26:16 -0500

>A follow-up question for
> apartment dwellers: The Nepenthes I've seen at the UW greenhouses (N
> alata?) are space hogs - big, leggy plants several feet high (or long).
> Which are the most compact Nepenthes species, and how big do they get at
> maturity? What is the most compact Nepenthes that is adapted to
> warm-intermediate conditions (i.e. Cattleya orchid cultivation)?
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> > Scott. (Foggy & 40F in Madison - feels like London!)

Scott: I used to grow both Sarrs. and Nepenthes in my apartment back
when I was a grad student. The first Nepenthes that come to mind are N.
gracilis and N ampularia. Both did very well for me. Other Nepenthes
also did pretty well, particularly some of the hybrids. Things to think
about are light, humidity and water. I used rain water off the
apartment roof with fair to moderate results (I don't recommend it now
with all the RO units around). As long as you don't mind waking up at
6AM to banks of florescents coming on, the biggest concern may be
humidity. For adequate humidity, my experience suggests that some kind
of enclosure is important, but I know lots of people on the list report
good results from the windowsill.

Tom in Fl