Nepenthes glandulifera x platychila Cultivation and care notes

Nepenthes glandulifera x platychila 

Asian Pitchers plant hybrids: Borneo Exotics Hybrid BE-3661

 Highland: Hybrid of one easy highland and and intermediate

Nepenthes glandulifera x platychila with a fresh pitcher showing little color [Photo: March 19, 2016

Nepenthes glandulifera x platychila with a fresh pitcher showing little color [Photo: March 19, 2016

Nepenthes glandulifera x platychila [Photo: April 19, 2016]

Nepenthes glandulifera x platychila [Photo: 4-19-2016]

N. glandulifera x platychila at an interesting angle [Photo: April 23, 2016]

N. glandulifera x platychila at an interesting angle [Photo: April 23, 2016]

N. glandulifera x platychila showing great it's great color [Photo: April 25, 2016]

N. glandulifera x platychila showing great it’s great color [Photo: April 25, 2016]

 

Nepenthes glandulifera x platychila , is a new hybrid from Borneo Exotics. Seems to have become available  late 2015 or early 2016 depending on which nursery imported it. Both Nepenthes glandulifera and platychila are used in hybrids heavily lately and I expect this to be one of the best yet to come out from Borneo Exotics!

Most Nepenthes glandulifera hybrids that I have encountered, consistently display great color, are very hirsute (hairy), and inherit the conspicuous glands for which the species is named. This cross is no exception and it shows with the gluttony of ants that this plant devours on a daily basis.

Nepenthes glandulifera x platychila Care Notes:

  • Very easy to care for, both parents are adaptable to a wide variety of conditions, so it is no surprise that this hybrid will take that one step further and will be faster and easier than both parents.
  • The parent species are found in close proximity in situ so that makes this cross interesting to note as it could prove valuable tof identify natural hybrids if discovered.
  • Available for a great price, a little more than a ventricosa, but definately not a strict collector’s plant.
  • Only time will tell how much variation is to be seen in this cross. I am looking forward to how the size and peristome develops from what I have seen so far.
  • This Nepenthes hybrid undoubtedly shows great hybrid vigour, and however it develops will be robust and spectacular when mature.

If you want to learn more about cultivation of carnivorous plants, I highly recommend the comprehensive grow guide The Savage Garden, Revised: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants by Peter D,Amato. It is very easy to follow and reference and contains pictures and cultivation techniques for every genus of carnivorous plants.

If you want to learn more about Nepenthes  or other pitcher plants, and see pictures of these spectacular species in the wild, I highly recommend reading Pitcher Plants of the Old World Volume One and Pitcher Plants of the Old World Volume Two
by Stewart McPherson it is over 1000 pages about nepenthes and cephalotus.

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Brian - April 30, 2016

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