Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tropical Pitcher Plant

This is  a tropical pitcher plant that I have been growing for several years. They are difficult to root for me, but it can be done with limited success. The rooting media has to be moist, but well drained, as does the growing media. I never fertilize mine. In the summer when insect are more prevalent, the pitchers  fill with water and  collect and digest a collection of bugs. If you spill some of this liquid on yourself while moving the plant, you will need a bath as it smells so awful. Several times a bumblebee became trapped in a pitcher, but had the presence to chew a hole in the sidewall and get out.

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