I thought I would share a look inside my carnivorous plant terrarium! Among these species are various Nepenthes, Heliamphora, some Utricularia, Drosera, and some non-carnivorous Tillandsia (Air Plants). Enjoy plant enthusiasts of Tumblr!
Native to the montane forests of Northen Sumatra, (typically 1800 - 2100 metres above sea level) N. jamban is distinct among Nepenthes in its particularly infundibular (funnel shaped) pitchers and its narrow operculum containing 20 - 30 visible glands concentrated at its apex. (glands not visible in these photos.
Top left is a terrestrial pitcher while top right and bottom are upper pitchers. (a particular Nepenthes species’pitchers size and shape is usually affected by whether or not a pitcher is close to or on the ground or attatched to the climbing vine and therefore elevated. Lower pitchers tend to be larger, wider and more colourful while upper pitchers are more slender and less colourful, FYI. :))
Love this enthusiastic pitcher plant though I have no idea where it gets the energy to produce so many pitchers cos the one next to it has zero pitchers. ZERO. (Maybe it’s stealing all the insects? idk) 🐜
That bigger one was the very end of the vine I cut, and it’s gotten so big omg. That size could sell for $10 at the store, or somewhere in the lower $20s probably online. Possibly more for its size. It’s over in the back corner of the vase and it’s just spreading its leaves all across the vase, even bending its own leaves at the spots it’s having trouble fitting in. I’ll have to make sure it doesn’t cover up any of the other plants or they won’t get any light.
Bottom images are the other two cuttings from the same vine, just the lower parts of it. They have multiple (at least 2 or 3 I believe. It’s hard to tell) growth points so they’ll grow bushy instead of one long vine as usual. Their leaves are golden, but not to the point of orange/red that other people get their plants. I’ve noticed too much light will burn the plants with an unsightly red splotching instead of a smooth natural color, so my other LEDs (Jungle Dawn, and Vivbright Max for my N. ampullaria but that one burns easily) definitely have that potential. Maybe if the lights weren’t so close to those, they wouldn’t have red splotches and more natural orange/red, but those plants are in my tanks and I can’t really change the distance from those leaves.
Last image is sphagnum moss growing from dried sphagnum. Still can’t believe I managed this. There’s more growing around that vase and in the seed tray.
I’ll have to see if I have an image of the vine I pruned. I technically wasn’t supposed to do it at the time because it wasn’t long enough but they didn’t care. They all sprouted with leaves anyway bless them.
Nepenthes bicalcarata is famous for its sharp, saber-toothed fangs that hang from the rear of its lid, making it appear rather dangerous. Nectar sometimes drips from these, giving the appearance of oozing venom. Native to Borneo, it prefers shaded peat swamps and it can grow to enormous dimensions.
Not a succulent, but I wanted to share my little side project anyway (posted this on Reddit as well). I’ve always been totally fascinated by Nepenthes plants, but I never tried growing them from seed because of how difficult it is to germinate the seeds and keep the seedlings alive at this stage.
Nepenthes (in this case N. reinwardtiana) is a carnivorous pitcher plant. They lure their prey with sweet smelling nectar and feast on flies that fall into the slippery cups, located on the leaf tips.
This is one of my seedlings at 4 days (pic 1) and 2 months (pic 2). The little pitchers are no more than 3 mm tall, but some of the tiny seedlings have already feasted on springtails and/or gnat larvae on my grow rack!