I read Peter D'amato's "Savage Garden" and in his book he gives some specific info on nepenthes..but on several other sites I find conflicting information on outdoor growing. I am in zone 8b/9a ( Jacksonville Fl), the rear of my house is east facing ( this is where my bog garden is) and I do not have any tree over head near my home ( it is Florida..hurricaines). I do have a Live Oak tree that is very large on the back of my fence line but it stays very shady under it. My front porch is west facing and I have 2 trees in my front yard that provide filters light for my front porch. I grow my orchid on the front porch hanging from the ceiling.
Now I have a Nep. alata ( highland species) and newly aquired nep 'Miranda', ( what hybrid that is I am unsure) both are large. I also have a Nep. ventricosa "orange form" and a Nep. sanguinea both are small in 3" pots ( I currently have them in a terrarium). Peter D'amato states they can thrive in a greenhouse style terrarium.
I am getting conflicting info on the web.
What do I do? As far as I know they are all are highland species. My temp ranges are typically 80-95+ during the summer with never less than 60% humidity. Night time temps are 60-70 normally.
I do NOT want to kill these. I probably would cry if they died. Anyone out there familiar witht htese species and my zone.?
Could you give an update? I am new, always looking for Florida growers to try to work out some of these issues. I grow most of my Nepenthes in an orange tree and in a rain tree in the back yard. Lots of N. "Miranda", N. ventrata, N. truncata, N "Judith Finn", N "Red Beauty (gorgeous!). . . My super lowlands like N. ampullaria come in when it hits 60. The rest get pulled onto a screened porch. My ventratas stay on the porch to freezing with no problem. Everyone else comes in at 40. At freezing the ventrata come in. My first plant is a N. ventrata, and it has vines 8' long. I cut 3' off every year for cuttings, and they are still 8'. I love that plant. They are all my porch right now. Next week, they will return to the trees. As long as I keep them watered properly, they do fine outside all summer. I have a couple highlands like N. lowii that I grow under growlights on an East window sill. I am worried about it being too warm.
Oooo, do you have pictures of the blooms? :) What kind of Nepenthes do you have? Mine have never bloomed. I don't think they are old enough. Do you have male and female plants? I don't think a plant produces male and female flowers, but I could be wrong. If you want to grow the seeds, I recommend reading the seed germination instructions on International Carnivorous Plant Society website.
The blooms are not especially attractive. It is a spike with tiny buds about 5" long. Since I wrote last the buds are getting bigger but still haven't opened . That's been almost a month.. will write again when they open and take a picture. Since the plant is inside, I've been filling the pitchers with a weak fertilizer..orchid fertilizer.