Monkey Cups – Nepenthes Ventricosa

R300.00

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Description

Monkey Cups Characteristics

  • Nepenthes exotic purple, yellow and pink cups start out as a simple leaf growing on the end of a vine.
  • As the plant matures, the leaf tip balloons out into a long cup, with a lid covering its top. From the lid, a deadly nectar drips down to pool at the base of the cup.
  • When the pitcher plant is ready for its first dinner guests, the lid opens and the trap is ready.

Care Instructions for the Monkey Cup Plant

  • Potting: Nepenthes do well in smaller pots with good drainage. Pots should generally be around 10-15cm for a small plant or 15-25cm for larger ones.
  • Sunlight: Bright indirect light (direct light will burn their leaves).
  • Soil: Low-nutrient soil with good drainage. Fertilising isn’t required, but since Nepenthes is more tolerant of minerals than other carnivorous plants you can fertilise it with a weak solution of orchid fertiliser during spring and summer.
  • Watering: A tropical plant, Nepenthes loves a wet, humid environment. You can water it often so that the soil remains moist, but not waterlogged. For this reason, avoid standing the pot in water for long periods. Unlike other carnivorous plants, Monkey Cups can be watered with tap water, though distilled or rainwater are best to prevent long term mineral build-up.
  • Feeding: If your Nepenthes lives outdoors, there’s no need to feed it – it will catch all the bugs it’s hungry for! If it’s indoors, or if you want to hand-feed occasionally, live or dried crickets or mealworms (available at pet stores) are its favourite snack! Drop one into each cup every 2-3 weeks during spring and summer and your Monkey Cup will be well fed!
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