Question: how to treat young nepenthes plants?

Thanks to the care you indicated on the site my nepenthes (acid peat of sphagnum, bark and perlite with demineralized water) is beautiful. I discovered that another plant has just sprouted about 1cm from the trunk. Do I detach it and make it grow independently in another pot? What do you suggest me? Thanks Diego

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Dear Diego,

it is quite common to see clustered nepenthes, or, as happens for some succulents, nepenthes which, rather than a single plant, are made up of several plants that grow close together; in your case, you can try to detach the young plant, and repot it alone, in order to prevent its development from going to the detriment of the “mother” plant.

Before detaching it, wait for it to be large enough to be handled without major problems, to avoid damaging its foliage.

The new plant will have the exact same needs as the mother plant. Place it in a small pot, given that these plants do not produce a root system that requires large containers, and it also seems that too large pots are not appreciated by all nepenthes specimens.

These plants are native to the tropical areas of Asia and Australia, and I have to congratulate you because they are not very easy to cultivate; in fact, at home the climate is always excessively dry, and outdoors the climate is excessively cold.

Therefore they are grown indoors in the cold months and outdoors in the warm months, in a very bright position.

To be successful in the cultivation of carnivorous plants there are three basic rules:

1 No fertilizer: carnivorous plants obtain the nitrogen they need directly from the prey they capture, digesting them over the course of days. Despite the name, and despite the bad reputation they have made, carnivorous plants do not actually feed on large quantities of insects; generally, a fly a week gives enough nitrogen for about a week of life of a small plant.

If fertilized, these plants perish quickly, because the excess of salts in the soil is very harmful.

2 acid soil; sphagnum peat is used. We avoid universal soil or pre-established soils, because very often they are fertilized, and therefore ruin the plant, and can even lead to death.

3 high humidity; all carnivorous plants live in very humid areas; the exotic ones come from the undergrowth of the rainforests, like most of the orchids; carnivores of European origin, on the other hand, are native to ponds, marshes, humid pools. So the soil must always be kept fairly humid and cool, and the species that overwinter at home need frequent vaporization, to keep the air humidity high.

Many enthusiasts cultivate these plants in special closed terrariums, so that it is easy to control environmental humidity, quantity of light, presence of insects, as is often done also for orchids.

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