The pitchers of this distinctive carnivorous plant have a brightly coloured rim, and they secrete a nectar that attracts the insects, which are then trapped inside before being digested. A truly unique and variable plant, it is perhaps not the best option for a novice grower - although it is said to be one of the easiest pitcher plants to grow. The plant comes in a hanging plastic pot and is ready to start catching those flies!
Fly eating plant.
As this plant grows, these plants catch prey in leaves that form a funnel. The insects crawl into the pitcher. Once inside, downward facing hairs and a slippery wax coating prevent their escape. Their fate is sealed when they fall into a pool of digestive liquid at the base. Sweet nectar is excreted on the underside of the lid and attracts its prey flies and insects.
Keep the soil moist at all times, making sure that the excess water drains away freely and the plant is not left sitting in water for any length of time. Placing the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water will help increase the humidity around the plant, while daytime temperatures should be maintained around 18° - 27°C, with a minimum of 7°C at night. Never add water into the pitchers as this can cause them to shrivel and die. Pot on in spring using a specialist compost. Do not use tap water when watering as the chlorine can kill the plant. As a general rule, do not feed or fertilise carnivorous plants.