Spring is almost here! The daily run of bringing the plants out for a couple of hours until the temperatures drop again at night is almost at an end. After a whole year of young pitchers, my tiny Heliamphora has finally started to produce adult pitchers!
So much patience is required as they are the slowest and most difficult of species to grow.
Close up of the nectar spoon as the foliage begins to open
Insects fall in by trying to reach the nectar spoons, lose footing and drown inside.
Spiky hairs that keep bugs inside once they fall in.
Side shot of the adult pitcher.
Top shot of the nectar spoons
These little guys are kept indoors inside a terrarium. Temperatures during the day are around 80 and at night around 70 degrees. Purchased from Cook’s
Tiny one inch green “Sun Pitcher”. Infamous for being difficult to grow, this species of carnivorous plants are slow growers. The characteristic nectar spoons have not yet formed. Growing one to full maturity takes about eight years. These plants require moderately cool temperatures at night with constant humidity.
I grow mine indoors, under a regular light bulb with plastic covers to keep in humidity. Purchased from Cooks at the beginning of the year. Only recommended for those who aren’t scared of “getting blood on their hands”.
Unboxing of some new plants! It always feels like Christmas when you get a new plant in the mail. I thought I would take this opportunity to show those that ask how plants are shipped by mail.