Ya I know, but I had to! (a lotta / alata)...
I just don't need that hit of hunting down an expensive plant that may or may not survive my care. I'm a generalist (love all the plants! well, at least the cool ones) and—for the most part—I'm happy with the plants I can buy locally.
It's the same with my agaves really, I prefer to find them in person rather than hunt extensive mail order lists for the hot new thing (hot new thing frequently means lots of dollar signs too). The fact I have fabulous nurseries within easy driving distance helps.
I hope you've enjoyed the images above of full-size pitchers and small ones that are still forming. The plant below went and formed a baby, a whole new plant...
And it's already got an adorable small pitcher.
My largest Nepenthes alata hangs on a trellis and thus is a little hard to see.
Or maybe a lot hard to see, ya, bad photo. It's in the dark triangular container on the right top of the grid-work trellis. The leaves are above the trellis about 7" and the plant hangs down below the tip of the triangle 5-6 squares, or about 15-18".
It's few pitchers glow...
Back-lighting will do that.
The only other type of nepenthes I grow is Nepenthes 'Miranda', she's grown a lot and I love those big, dark, leaves.
The pitchers are more colorful than the ones found on N. alata.
Both plants want partial sun/bright light and significant humidity.
Sadly any pitchers that develop over the summertime are usually dried up in the spring, when these plants go back outdoors. I just cant keep them humid enough in our house with central heating.
Luckily they don't hold a grudge and quickly get on with making new ones.
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