PITCHER PLANT, Narrow Leaved Nepenthes stenophylla
Nepenthes stenophylla, or the narrow-leaved pitcher-plant, is a tropical pitcher plant endemic to Borneo. The species produces attractive, spotted, funnel-shaped pitchers up to 25 cm high! It is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
The specific epithet stenophylla is formed from the Greek words steno (narrow) and phylla (leaves), and refers to the shape of the lamina.
Type: Tropical perennial
Hardiness zones: 9-11 planted outdoors, or grown indoors.
Seed size: Nepenthes stenophylla seeds are long, narrow, and a golden-tan color
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!