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Nepenthes is maybe the most glorious and spectacular genus of carnivorous plants, and their traps sure looks rather hungry and carnivorous. 

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You’ll find around 80 different Nepenthes species – most of them grow in Southeast Asia.  

Nepenthes has a quite characteristic appearance, where the pitcher forms in the end of the leaf. It can take the plant several months to form a pitcher. Normally a pitcher includes some sort of a cup with a lid and a peristome (also called lips).

The plant produces a nectar, which attracts the prey. The prey will slide into the pitcher, which is full of digestive enzymes.

Opposite most carnivorous plants, the Nepenthes doesn’t like direct sun light. It would be beneficial to grow Nepenthes in a terrarium. If you don’t own a terrarium, don’t hesitate. You can make your own terrarium, which will be just perfect. Take one of these 2 liters soda bottles from the supermarket, cut of the bottom, and remove the lid. Then place it over your pot with the Nepenthes seeds. The humidity will be on point, and the air will be able to circulate. You don’t have to move the plant from the soda bottle, as long it has room enough.

When sowing your Nepenthes seeds you don’t have to cover them with soil. Just sprinkle the seeds over the soil. If you want to succeed in growing your own Nepenthes, you need to use an acidic soil, similar to the one the Nepenthes grows in the wild. You can mix Spaghnum and Perlite (or sand) 1:1.

Nepenthes doesn’t like to stand in water. Just water regularly, and make sure the soil is moist. You might need to use rain- or distilled water, because of the high amount of calcium in tap water.

It can take up to several weeks for the Nepenthes seeds to germinate, so don’t give up. Be patient and keep an eye on the pot.  

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