MADAGASCAR PITCHER PLANT Nepenthes madagascariensis
The Madagascar Pitcher Plant has a very large trap, filled with digestive fluid, luring it's prey with it's sweet nectar. Once inside, the insect slide downwards, unable to climb out. The foliage is also quite attractive, large and lustrous, and orchid-like.
The sunshine helps produce the beautiful red coloration of the traps, especially on the mature trap lids. If you live in a warm climate, these plants can be grown in full sun outdoors. In cooler climates, or in winter, they can be grown in a sunny window. These plants also grow well as houseplant in hanging baskets, or in a heated greenhouse or solarium in the home. What a great way to get rid of unwanted flies in the home!
Hardiness zones: 9-11 planted outdoors, or grown indoors.
Seeds per pack: 5
Germination: These seeds germinate best on dampened sphagnum moss. Soak the moss for 1 hour, then gently squeeze out excess water, but allow some moisture to remain (not dripping). Place the moss in a container, and sprinkle the seeds on top. Cover the container with plastic to retain moisture. Place the container in very bright light, and in a very warm location, ideally 32C, 90F. Once the small plants begin to grow, slowly open the plastic a little each day. Use rain water or bottled water (use a spritz bottle while plants are small) to regularly water plants, but do not leave them standing on water. Once plants are large enough to transplant, a growing mix consisting of equal parts peat moss, perlite, vermiculite and sphagnum moss (long fibre type) can be used. Seeds germinate anywhere from 1 month, to 12 months. Patience is needed, but they are worth the effort for this unique plant!