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Nepenthes villosa – Toothy Beauty – Cultivation

Nepenthes villosa

Nepenthes villosa – Toothy Beauty – Cultivation

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].

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Two Pitcher Plant Comparisons – Nepenthes hamata vs. Nepenthes ventricosa x hamata

Pitcher Plant Comparisons

Two Pitcher Plant Comparisons – Nepenthes hamata vs. Nepenthes ventricosa x hamata

Here we are showing two pitcher plant comparisons. Both plants are insect eaters also known as carnivorous plants and require insects or other small organisms in order to grow.  Hamata comes from the Latin word hamatus meaning “hooked”. It describes the appearance of the highly developed teeth of this species. The similarities between the two plants is uncanny. This is in a large part due to the hybrid having Nepenthes hamata as one of the parents in the cross. The strong appearance of “teeth” in the peristome (“mouth”) of either N. hamata or N. ventricosa x hamata is coveted by horticulturalists. 

Carnivorous Pitcher Plant Hybrid – Exotica Plants

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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant Hybrid – Exotica Plants

This is a Nepenthes veitchii x burbidgeae, it is a carnivorous pitcher plant hybrid bred by Exotica Plants in Australia.  While this plant won’t be for sale this weekend, we will have new items on our website for Saturday January 14th at 7pm EDT. We will also have nice plants available on eBay for Sunday January 15th at 9pm EDT.

 

I like this green form of Nepenthes ‘Caesarion’ (N. (merrilliana x truncata) x veitchii) it’s an easy grower under intermediate to lowland conditions.  We’ve even been relatively successful growing this grex under highland conditions as well.

 

Here is an update on the seed grown Nepenthes ‘new species’ from Doorman’s Top in Papua New Guinea.  This species likes it very cool at night–about 49 degrees Fahrenheit, and days in the low to mid 70’s. We will have these for sale hopefully by the fall of 2017.

 

 

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2017–Nepenthes in the Greenhouse

Some fun and rare Nepenthes will be available from our website in the next month! Lots of surprises!

Some dimorphism in Nepenthes! This just means occurring in two forms and in regards to Nepenthes (tropical insect eating plant) it refers to the differing shapes and size as well as prey “audience” between lower pitchers (traps) and that of the upper pitchers. The first picture on the left is the lower trap while the second on the right is the intermediate/upper pitcher. The argument can certainly be made that Nepenthes can be in most cases trimorphic having relatively distinct differences in three types of pitchers (lower,intermediate and upper traps) as is shown in the photo on the right, this trap still has vestiges of “wings” down its “chest” making it not quite a true upper but sort of in limbo between intermediate and upper pitcher morphology.

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Holiday Sale Coming Up

 

Next weekend December 16th through the 18th we will be running a 15% off store wide sale! New items will be available and also FREE shipping on orders of $120 or more! Use the code holiday15%off when checking out starting Friday the 16th at 5pm EDT and running until Sunday the 18th at 10pm EDT.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

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Two separate Nepenthes platychila pitchers hanging out in the greenhouse.

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Insect-Eating Pitcher Plant

An insect eating (carnivorous) pitcher plant, Nepenthes ampullaria x (spathulata x gymnamphora) is growing on our windowsill in upstate New York with no special treatment now for about a month. Temperatures during the day are about 70 F and nights in the low 60’s. The relative humidity fluctuates but is typically around 50%. We make sure the media doesn’t dry out and it gets bright light from an east facing window, and the occasional misting.

Make sure to use distilled water or rain water! Happy Holidays and happy growing everyone!