March 02, 2017
Nepenthes villosa is one of the more coveted species of tropical pitcher plants. This coveted plant is native to the highland mountain regions of Mount Kinabalu and Mount Tambuyukon in Sabah, Borneo. Found at approximately 2,300-3,200 meters in elevation it requires cool nights to do well! We have found that they appreciate a night temperature of 50° Fahrenheit. During the day temperatures never exceed 78° Fahrenheit. Furthermore, N. villosa requires a relative humidity above 75% at all times.
Due to the high elevation, growers find it difficult to replicate the growing conditions. Here is a great link to an article written by Jeff Shafer in the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter in 2003. This is a technique we also have used and modified here at the nursery with great success! It allows the grower to control the temperatures with ease and it’s inexpensive! We recommend you check out your local Craigslist for a used chest freezer. Let us know if you have any questions feel free to send them to [email protected].