The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
- courtesy of -
The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Q: Can I grow those huge pitcher vines I saw in a greenhouse?

Nepenthes bicalcarata
Nepenthes bicalcarata
A: Ah, you must be talking about Nepenthes, the tropical pitcher plants. Nepenthes is a marvelous genus, and while you might want to grow them in your house, I doubt they would survive long. Nepenthes species like humid conditions, jungle-like in fact, and most people do not keep their houses like that. To grow Nepenthes you will probably have to use a greenhouse to maintain the high temperatures and, in particular, high humidity.

So those are the disclaimers. For useful information you want my thumbnail guidelines on growing a tropical pitcher plants. But I have to tell you that I'm worried that if you overlooked that FAQ entry upon your first reading of the FAQ, you might not quite have the attention to detail it takes to grow these....

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Revised: January 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005