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Nepenthes Alata

Tiffany Cornell . Wednesday, April 08, 2020 . Comments
Nepenthes Alata

Looking for something unusual for your garden?

Why not try a Carnivorous plant!

Nepenthes, commonly known as the Hanging or Asian Pitcher Plants, are the most ostentatious carnivorous plants next to the venus fly traps.  Among the most flamboyant and colourful of all plants, they are also extremes in carnivory, for Nepenthes are the only plants in the world that can be said to somewhat regularly eat vertebrates in the wild. 

Fortunately, the vast majority of Nepenthes are easily grown as houseplants.  In fact, some of our most common houseplants originate from similar places that Nepenthes do.  They grow spectacularly on sunny windowsills! Sun is the key element in getting your plant to grow pitchers. The energy provided by photosynthesis is what grows the traps, and the light from the sun is essential to producing good colour. 

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