Pitcher Plant
Nepenthes x hookeriana 'Monkey cup'

Family: Nepenthaceae
Genus: Nepenthes (nep-EN-theez) (Info)
Species: x hookeriana
Cultivar: Monkey cup

Category:

Carnivorous and Insectivorous

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Oct 23, 2005, EmperorDragon from Elk Grove, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

The climbing tendrils of Nepenthes put out hanging, elongated, nectar-filled pouches that trap insects inside. They slip down into a liquid bath where they decompose and provide a nourishing "soup." The largest nepenthes have reportedly caught small birds and rats. Provide high humidity and a minimum of 59 degrees F on winter nights and 70 degrees F on summer nights. Prune mature plants in spring by two-thirds to promote more pitchers, and provide a weekly, high-nitrogen liquid fertilizer over summer. Water regularly all year, but never overwater.