Re: Nepenthes issues

Bob Beer (
Tue, 14 Feb 1995 13:36:25 -0800 (PST)

N. rafflesiana needs really warm sweaty conditions to pitcher well. At
the U.W. greenhouse, most of the Nepenthes species are grown in the open
but N. rafflesiana consistently refuses to pitcher if it is not in the
hot mist tent.

On Tue, 14 Feb 1995, Steven Klitzing wrote:

> 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.
> ---Steve