Nepenthes issues

Steven Klitzing (
Mon, 13 Feb 95 14:58:28 -0800

Hi all:

Having some trouble with my Nepenthes. N. Rafflesiana, about six inches
across, is not setting pitchers in my greenhouse environment. N. Mirabillis
is doing okay, but the leaves are still a little yellow rather than green
since it was started from a cutting. No pitchers on N. Mirabillis as of yet,
since the three new leaves are small. What can I feed these two plants
to green them up and get them healthy so they can set pitchers and catch
bugs? To get an idea of the environment within the greenhouse, one small
Nepenthes Ventricosa is doing marvelously, sending out new leaves, and
putting out new pitchers, each larger than the last.

I planted seeds of N.Alata, N. Maxima x. Sulewesi, and N. Ventricosa
in a mini greenhouse sprout tray inside the greenhouse. Starting to
get a mild green slime on top of the milled wet spaghnum where the
seeds reside. They've been like this for about 6 weeks with no
signs of sprouting. I'm still crossing my fingers and hoping they
do something.

Environment is fine for Drosera and terrestrial utrics. Not so good
for Sarracenia. Cattleya, Dendrobium, Epidendrum, and Phaelenopsis
orchids do well in it, as well as Amaryllis.