I am a certified newby to Carnivorous plants! I have had the attached Nepenthes for several years and this is the first time it has bloomed. Should I remove the blooms? Do the blooms keep the plant from making pitchers?
Although blooms do tend to stress Venus Fly Traps as well as some CPs that have recently been transplanted, I have not experienced them stressing Neps. Aside from that, there's not much energy to conserve once a plant has shot up a flower scape. I'd leave them be and enjoy them. It's great that your plant bloomed for you. Generally that is a sign that a plant has been well cared for. Sometimes it is a sign the plant is on its last leg and is redirecting all of its energy to reproduction but by the looks of meltn's plant photographed above... that's one very happy plant!
Mine is still blooming. The plant is growing like crazy but not making pitchers. It is so humid in the greenhouse I am wondering if when I get it outside it will start making pitchers again. It has climbed to the top of the GH. Not a big climb, maybe 5 foot from the pot.
Equilibrium, I am trying my hand at a few Sarracenia hybrids. I was lucky enough to get in on Phils plant sale last year and being a newby, I let Phil select the plants. I kept them alive last winter and now need to get the courage to divide them!
I have a portable cold frame and simply placed it over the Sarracenia garden throughout the winter. I am amazed at how well they did. They never did go completely dormant as I expected.
Time for an update on my Nepenthes. Lots of new blooms this spring.
Thought you might like to see some of the pictures. The blooms are surrounded with lots of new pitchers. I guess the flower is to draw insects for the pitchers.
The conditions that I keep my Pitcher plants in also suit my orchids. These two have become quite good friends over winter. Both set blooms at the same time and the little pitchers are beginning to hang from the Orchid.