These tropical house plants are easier to grow than you would think! Follow these simple steps to keep your new carnivorous plant or orchid happy and growing!
Tropical Bug-Eating Plant (Nepenthes) Instructions:
What temperatures can these plants tolerate?
Do not let temperatures drop below 60° F or above 80° F. For more specific temperature requirements, click here.
How often should I water?
Stick your finger about 1 inch into the media. Do you feel that it is still moist? Then don’t water! You only have to water when the media begins to dry out. Check your pitchers for water – if they are dry, put some water in them. Don’t let your plant sit in water – this could rot out the roots. Water with rainwater or distilled water (found at your local grocery store for $0.99/gallon). If you buy a Bio-DomeTM, forget about all this until you re-pot your happy friend.
Should I worry about humidity?
Like many tropical plants, these guys prefer higher humidity. If you heat with forced hot air or have a wood stove, this may be an issue. Try putting your plant in a terrarium. You can attempt to keep the local humidity high by placing the plant on top of a dish of stones inundated with your clean water so that the roots do not touch water. This will keep the local humidity high as the water evaporates. Also spray the leaves regularly, also with clean water.
What do I plant it in?
We ship all of our plants bare root. We recommend potting in our formulated media. Do not use your average potting soil. For more information on making your own media, click here.
How much light does it need?
The absolute best place for your new plant to sit is a south facing window sill. An east facing window gets too much light and north generally doesn’t get enough. If you live in a dark place, make sure it is in a location where it would get a lot of artificial light. However, if a plant does not get enough light, it will start dropping pitchers. Don’t get discouraged! Give it time, it will put out a pitcher when it is ready.
For more information on specific light requirements, click here.
Orchid Care Instructions:
How often should I water?
Use distilled, reverse osmosis, or rain water. Distilled water can be found at your local grocery store for $0.99. Two options: soak or mist. Soak – you can water your plant by soaking it once a week in your clean water for 20 to 30 minutes. Mist – you can attempt to keep the local humidity high by placing the plant on top of a dish of stones inundated with your clean water so that the roots do not touch water. This will keep the local humidity high as the water evaporates. Also spray the leaves regularly, also with clean water. While orchids like high humidity, they do not like to be in standing water.
How often should I fertilize?
If you choose the soak option, once a month fertilize with a dilute fertilizer. If you want to have a flower, you can stimulate this by fertilizing more often – twice a month. If you choose the mist option, fertilize “weakly weekly”. Fertilize with a dilute orchid fertilizer once per weak.
The flower is so much taller than the plant! What do I do?
Flowers often get heavy – stake them up with thin bamboo or otherwise. If the pot tips, it can cause damage to roots or stems.
What type of media should I use?
Orchid media is sold in most garden stores. It usually consists of a bark mixture. A well-draining pot is also preferable. Orchid roots do not like to be in standing water. Do not re-pot while flowering. This can stress the plant and it can drop the flowers.
My plant is so big it’s breaking through its pot! Can I divide it?
If you see multiple pseudobulbs in your pot and would like your house to be filled with flowers, you may divide them! Do not do this during flowering.