What is a pitcher plant

Nepenthes / pitcher plant care

Probably the most magnificent and spectacular genus of carnivores (carnivorous plants) was first described in 1658 and comprises around 80 species. Nepenthes is a name in Greek mythology and means: carefree, grief-relieving or "magic herb".

Characteristic for the appearance of the Nepenthes are of course the ground and air cans that are developed at the leaf ends. The mostly round, spherical ground pitchers grow close to the ground and specialize in crawling insects, while the cylindrical or tubular air pitchers target flying insects. The opening of the jug is protected by a lid so that not too much rainwater can fill the jug and flush up any living insects that are caught in it.

Care & location

light: The location should be bright, but not full sun, otherwise the thin-walled pitchers will burn and / or be damaged.

temperature: It should be kept at 20-30 degrees all year round.

humidity: Since most species come from rainy areas, sufficient watering must be provided during the growth phase (summer). Danger! Use only lime-free water (distilled water or, better, rainwater). Spraying the plant can promote both moisture and humidity and is advisable, but not absolutely necessary. Because of the ground pots, you should not pour directly onto the substrate, but only into the saucer (important when caring for pitcher plants) Waterlogging should be avoided, but the substrate must never dry out! They get along well with a humidity of around 50-65%. Prone to Root rot with permanent waterlogging


Do not fertilize! Do not add any additives!


You should only repot in the growth phase, as this is the time when the plant is strongest and it can easily "put up with" getting used to the new substrate. It is not necessary to remove the "old substrate"; it should even be left on the Nepenthes. Commercially available soil mixed with perlite, sand, clay and white peat is suitable. Raised bog peat is an inexpensive alternative and is available in every nursery. It is essential to ensure that it does not contain any fertilizers, but that it is a purely natural product.