Can Nepenthes self pollinate?
The impossibility of self pollination in Nepenthes allows small populations to maintain large amounts of genetic variation relative to species that can inbreed.
How long does it take for Nepenthes to flower?
The plant can take 5-10 years to flower and it will have new shoots growing each year that turn into rosettes. After the plant has flowered, it will continue growing stems.
How long does it take Nepenthes to grow pitchers?
When the cutting has 6 rootlets, plant it in sphagnum moss. Keep the cutting moderately moist. In six months or more, the plant will develop a classic pitcher form.
Should you let pitcher plant flower?
Unlike the pitchers, which are deadly to visiting insects, pitcher plant flowers are perfectly harmless.
How do you care for Nepenthes alata?
- Light: Nepenthes alata will do best with morning direct sun and bright indirect light in the afternoon.
- Water: Never allow your Nepenthes alata to dry out completely. Water when the top 1-2” are dry.
- Nepenthes alata attract insects to their pitchers, and once inside the insects are unable to escape.
Should I cut off dying pitchers?
As pitchers and leaves die back naturally, trim them off to keep the plant vigorous. Prune back the green vine stems to encourage side shoots to grow.
How do Nepenthes reproduce?
Nepenthes are dioecious, meaning that an individual plant produces either male flower or female flowers, but not both. Several small flowers grow on a long spike. On a female plant, flowers are equipped with carpels (female reproductive structures), and on a male plant, flowers hold pollen.
How do you preserve plant pollen?
Pollen, when dry, should be stored in the freezer in sealed glass jars containing a desiccant, such as calcium chloride or silica gel. Silica gel is available at many nurseries and hobby supply shops as a material for drying flowers.
Why is my pitcher plant flowering?
Unlike the pitchers, which are deadly to visiting insects, pitcher plant flowers are perfectly harmless. In fact, the flowers function like regular flowers by providing insects (mostly bees) with nectar and pollen.