Nepenthes 'Pitcher Plant' in a Hanging Basket - Carnivorous! 4"
Nepenthes 'Pitcher Plant'
In a Hanging Basket 4.5"
Pitcher plants (Nepenthes) are several different carnivorous plants which have modified leaves known as pitfall traps - a prey-trapping mechanism featuring a deep cavity filled with digestive liquid.
The traps of what are considered to be "true" pitcher plants are formed by specialized leaves.
The plants attract and drown their prey with nectar.
Foraging, flying or crawling insects such as flies are attracted to a cavity formed by the cupped leaf, often by visual lures such as anthocyanin pigments, and nectar bribes.
The rim of the pitcher (peristome) is slippery when moistened by condensation or nectar, causing insects to fall into the trap.
Pitcher plants may also contain waxy scales, protruding aldehyde crystals, cuticular folds, inward and downward pointing (retrorse) hairs, or guard-cell-originating lunate cells on the inside of the pitcher to ensure that insects cannot climb out.
They drown the insect, whose body is gradually dissolved.
Like all carnivorous plants, they grow in locations where the soil is too poor in minerals and/or too acidic for most plants to survive.
Pitcher plants supplement available nutrients and minerals (which plants normally obtain through their roots) with the constituents of their insect prey.
Potted pitcher plants need to be in well-drained soils. Use any type of pot for indoor plants and provide a low fertility mixture in which the plants will grow.
The pot can be small and they can even do well in a terrarium.
Caring for pitcher plants is minimal.
The best temperature for pitcher plants that are grown inside is between 60 and 70 F.
Indoor plants should be fertilized at the start of the growing season with a good orchid food and every month until fall.
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