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PlantFiles: Pitcher Plant
Nepenthes x hookeriana 'Monkey cup'

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

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Carnivorous and Insectivorous

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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:
Unknown - Tell us

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


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive EmperorDragon 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.

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