Nepenthes x ventrata Special
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.
Plant Type: Perennial, tropical.
Soil: Live Sphagnum Moss or Nepenthes Mix.
Light: Bright indirect indoors, full to partial sun outdoors.
Use: Great house plant for the sunroom or does well in the greenhouse.