Do nepenthes atala need dormancy?

stevexyz(Dallas, TX 8)October 8, 2008

Do nepenthes atala need dormancy? i am a newbie so i dont know mutch about this.

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tamela_star(Zone 7)

Hello! Since Nepenthes are a tropical plant they don't require dormancy. They may slow down in growth, but they will not go dormant. So you can enjoy their beauty all year!

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 7:41PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

They're essentially equatorial, so they should have 11-13 hours of light per day and relatively constant temps, 70-80 F.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2008 at 9:30AM
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stevexyz(Dallas, TX 8)

Thanks, also do they ever need fertilizing???

    Bookmark   October 9, 2008 at 5:20PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

A lot of people use orchid fertilizer. I never have... or at least haven't thus far. The rule of thump for most Neps is warm temps, airy media mix, ~12 hour photoperiod, and good drainage.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2008 at 11:36AM
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tamela_star(Zone 7)

I would feed it bugs. spider or flies that make it into your home will find their way into your plant! Never fertilize the soil. It will kill your plant. For more info check out www.cobra plant.com

    Bookmark   October 11, 2008 at 12:27PM
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hunterkiller03(9)

I don't fertilize my neps, people that do only foliar feed the neps.

I don't see the point of that since it gets what it need by itself. Most of the prey my neps catches are flies, ants, crickets, & mosquitoes.

Enough fertilizer for my neps.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 12:59AM
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