Nepenthes x ventrata
Ease to Grow: Easy
Native Range: Parents from Mossy forests of the Phillipine highlands
Zones: 8-11 (6-12)
Nepenthes x ventrata, is a medium size, robust growing carnivorous tropical pitcher plant with good sized, 8" red pitchers. Traps are red and almost cylindrical in the upper half, and long and rounded with sometimes green with red tint, in the lower half. There are pretty serrated wings along the ant trail. The lid is narrow and usually red, but can be green. It is heat tolerant and does well in a window. It is quite good at catching large insects, such as: stink bugs, wasps and yellow jackets. It is a great house plant, that can be grown outdoors in the warm weather with a minimal transition period. It is a good Nepenthes for beginners.
Note: This clone is popular and sometimes distributed as N. alata, but is more likely a complex hybrid: N. alata x (alata x ventricosa). It is somethimes called the "Deroose alata," named for the Deroose Nursery, Netherlands.
Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.
Plant Type: Tropical, Intermediate
Soil: Live Sphagnum Moss or Nepenthes Mix
Light: Bright but indirect
Use: Great house plant for the sunroom or does well in the greenhouse.