Lowland pitcher plants of the Genus Nepenthes

The plants on this page originate from lowland locations (0-1000m asl). Some of the plants originate from summits of smaller mountains around 1000m asl which are considered intermediates. Since most of our customers live in large cities near the sea shore, these plants should be easiest to grow for them. Still there are also many highland plants that will be suitable, too. You find those indicated at the single species information.

Care instructions

Temperatures: Best day temperatures are around 30 deg Celsius, while night temperatures are around 23 deg Celsius or slightly cooler.
Light: Nepenthes require good light levels, while a mild shade cloth might extend pitcher live. If you change light levels quickly, especially from dark to bright, you might experience leaf burns and pitcher loss, but forthcoming leaves might adopt to the brighter environment. The key is to do transitions like that slowly - if at all.
Soil: The soil should be moist but not wet, and not becoming stagnant. Getting dry enables the roots to breathe, but of course you have to be careful that it doesn't get dry too long. The soil should have plenty of air in it, especially if you expose it to frequent rain. The cheapest way to make your own soil, is by cutting aged coconut husk into 1,5 cm pieces. You can add charcoal. Lowlanders like a finer soil, some added coco peat (available at Ace Hardware) does a good job here. Please don't attempt garden soil or rice hull.
Water: If you are low on time, just water your Nepenthes in the evening, so they stay wet the whole night, additionally you can do a 2nd round around 9 am during summer. In the rainy season you might not have to water them at all, just make sure they are exposed to rain - they love it. Rain water is best, so make sure to collect some. Aged tap water can be used in emergency situations, but in the long run rain is preferred. Some people collect the run-off water off their aircon, if they run out of rain water.
Fertilizing: There is no need to fertilize Nepenthes, as they will catch enough insects especially when grown outdoors - which they should be in the Philippines.

N. albomarginata 'penang'

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This lowland (0-1100m) plant from Penang island near northern Peninsular Malaysia produces some of the longest lasting pitchers, almost all leafs seem to have a healthy pitcher attached to it. Leafs and pitchers are very coarse. It seems to like a relatively dry soil. The red form pitchers less reliably in the lowlands than the green one and seems to prefer the cooler nights from December to February.

N. albomarginata 'Brunei' BE3004

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This Bornean form of N. albomarginata has greyish pitchers with the typical white band. In good sunlight the lids turn red, while the pitcher gets a purple blush. It also shows some red blotches. This N. albomarginata is specialized on termites according to some recent research. The white band below the peristome seems to be the major point of interest for the termites and sometimes gets literally carried away. It is a rewarding plant that we recommend for people looking for an easy to grow plant. However, it takes a while until it turns to a big plant.

N. albomarginata 'Kuching spotted' MT2AB

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A greyish form of albomarginata with peristomes that can reach almost a black color. It's very sturdy and comes loaded with pitchers, despite being a new kid in the block.

N. albomarginata 'Cameroon Highlands' MT2E

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This plant can be seen in the highlands of Peninsular Malaysia, where it grows not far from tea and strawberry plantations. As you can see, the plant is more on the reddish side.

N. ampullaria 'speckled' MT

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A favorite of many growers, as the basal rosettes are crowded with pitchers. The lid is widely opened and allows rain water to enter. Some recent research suggests, that it also enjoys consuming plant parts and other objects falling into the pitchers aside from insects. Opposite to other pitcher plants there are not much digestive enzymes found in the plant, some of the digestive process is even done by bacteria. The plant loves moist conditions and can also be found in shadier locations. However, we grow it very sunny, which it seems to enjoy. This is also a plant with very long lasting pitchers. It can be found in many countries in south east Asia and typically prefers elevations of less than 100m, although it occurs up to 1000m.

N. ampullaria 'Bau green' MT3G

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Due to heavy demand we stocked up on more ampullarias. This is a very prolific clone and a top recommendation for any beginner, as it loves hot climates, while not needing an awful lot of light or space. Rumors have it that this species occurs aside from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, New Guinea and Thailand also in the Philippines, but nothing official yet.

Price: Php 350 SIZE M

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N. ampullaria 'Brunei green' BE3006

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This is the all green variety of N. ampullaria. Our clone seems to be also more globose than the other amps. A 2010 research discovered the smallest frog in the world. It seems to live nowhere else than in ampullaria pitchers!

Price: Php 400 SIZE M

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N. ampullaria 'Brunei red speckled' BE3007

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This plant looks more or less the same than our MT form. Price should come down over time or will be out of stock again. Depends on you :)

Price Php 650 Size M

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N. ampullaria 'bronze, Nabire' BE3304

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This ampullaria has a bronze tint to it's peristome. Won't be available in near future but in far future.

N. ampullaria 'Brunei Red' BE3288

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For many years N. ampullaria was only available as a green or speckled form. Just a few years back, suddenly all kinds of forms usually involving color red were found and brought to cultivation.

N. belli BE3026

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A small lowlander (250-800m) from eastern Mindanao in the southern Philippines, this plant resembles somewhat N. merrilliana. The extremely long and thin tendrils are notable, also the foliage that stays not rarely completely dark red make it strikingly different from other species. It is synonymous to N. globamphora.
The plants might stop growing for a few weeks after transport (would be a good experience for people not believing in transport shock), but once they are through that, they should be growing and pitchering at great pace. Very easy plant otherwise.

N. bicalcarata 'Brunei orange' BE3029

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Not the pitchers, but the plant is assumed to be the largest in the genus. Once adult, it will have a 2 m diameter and it is capable of producing vines up to 20 m long. The pitchers are very remarkable featuring two Dracula-like teeth in the upper part of the peristome. In our observation insects will be lured to the of the teeth from which they will fall into the digestive fluid without even touching the pitcher wall. Other more daring theories include that they will hamper lizards or Tarsier trying to steal prey from the pitchers.
PLEASE NOTE, that due to a collapsing table our bical orange and red mixed up. As of the moment they look the same.

Price: Php 550 SIZE M

N. bicalcarata 'Sri Aman' MT

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A different form of N. bicalcarata. N. bicalcarata can be found in Borneo from 0-950m, but really likes it hot and moist. It might be the most heat demanding species in the genus.The photo is of a similar more adult plant.

Price: Php 1000 SIZE L

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N. bicalcarata 'Marudi' MT

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Originating from the peat swamps in north-western Borneo, close to Brunei, the plant needs relatively high humidity and moisture in general. It rewards good conditions by increasing its size fast.

The higher price is not indicating that the Marudi clone is prettier than Sri Aman or more desirable, but some of the Marudis got baked during import.

Price: Php 800 SIZE M

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Price: Php 1000 SIZE L

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N. campanulata BE3044

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A small lowlander (300m) with unique funnel shape pitchers that have only a minimal peristome and virtually no difference between lower and upper pitchers. This plant was almost extinct in its natural habitat in Borneo due to forest fires, but could be saved through mass propagation and a recent discovery of new specimen locations.
It grows on steep lime stone cliffs and is one of the few Nepenthes not being able to climb.

N. distillatoria 'pink' BE3057

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The only Nepenthes from Sri Lanka and one of the first to be discovered. It has strongly veined pitchers and the pink color with bright green laminae is aesthetically quite convincing.

N. gracilis MT

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One of the smallest pitchers in the genus, but this plant is also notorious for producing dozens if not hundreds of pitchers on one plant. A fast growing lowlander (0-750m) that is very common in Malaysia and Singapore. Our form is producing almost black pitchers if given lots of sunlight. For us it grows a little slower, but if given more heat, it can blast off.

N. hirsuta BE3083

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A hairy, shade loving plant, endemic to the lowlands (200-1000m) of Borneo. It doesn't like dry season too much and sometimes refuses to pitcher during that time. The pitchers are surprisingly large and fat, when compared to the neighboring species. Generally you can expect quite large and happy plants when you order. It is very similar to N. hispida and was considered synonymous to such until 1997. It is synonymous to N. leptochila.

Price: Php 600 SIZE L

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N. kerrii BE3347

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A new species from southern Thailand growing in 400-500m altitude. It lives in open Savannah and grassland in sandy soils. It is very closely related to N. konkandana. As with all Thai Nepenthes it seems to be very prolific, so even if we didn't import it in quantity, I have a feeling that it might be available for resale in a few years. How does 2017 sound? :)

N. macrovulgaris 'Silam' BE3107

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A large pitchered lowlander from Borneo occuring at 100-1200m on ultramafic soils.

Price: Php 900 SIZE L

N. maxima 'Tentena' BE3311

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N. maxima is a popular, undemanding grower. This is a form from Tentena, Sulawesi. Generally this species can be found between 600-2500m and pitchers seems to get bigger, when nights are a little cooler, still it grows nicely around sea level. Preferably above water surface :-) It's a prolific plant that propagates well, because it loves to vine.

Price: Php 350 SIZE M

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Price: Php 500 SIZE L

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Price: Php 800 Three plants SIZE M

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N. mirabilis MT

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One of the earliest Nepenthes to be discovered, it can be found all over tropical south east Asia, including the Philippines down to Australia. Some forms are even found sitting in water, sometimes even close to the shore. It's a fast and easy grower, but needs high humidity for lasting pitchers. It is usually found close to sea level, but has been observed at altitudes up to 1500m. Under perfect conditions the whole pitcher turns pink as seen above. But if this is not enough, the same clone can also produce all green pitchers with a stunning red peristome. Some people grow this plant in water trays, as it really dislikes dry soil. It's a boy, by the way. On the downside, it seems to be also the best tasting Nepenthes, as our caterpillars always go for it.

Price: Php 450 SIZE L

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N. mirabilis var. echinostoma BE3126

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This is a plant heavily underestimated, when you just see the name in an unillustrated list. But the peristome of this mirabilis form from Brunei and Sarawak is huge and not wrapped downward like most other peristomes in the Nepenthes world do. It just lies flat like a disc around the pitcher opening. Weird and beautiful! Combine this with a quick and beginner friendly grower and it should make a great plant for every collection.

Price: Php 700 SIZE M

N. mirabilis var. globosa BE3289

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A spectacular mirabilis form from southern Thailand that we imported labeled as N. mirabilis 'Trang Bizarre'. This seems to be the same as is commonly known as N. globosa or N. Viking. As the pitchers look very different from N. mirabilis it would certainly warrant to be a new species. It is a very prolific plant that keeps lots of very decorative pitchers alive. Something tells me that many Philippine gardens will be decorated with this species very soon.

Price: Php 900 SIZE M

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N. neoguineensis Depapre wide pitchers BE3151

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This plant is from New Guinea for a change. Here it occurs from 0-1400m. Although this plant is new to cultivation, it was actually already collected in 1828. The upper pitchers have very dominant and unique wings. Check it out on our wikipedia link. The plants seem to be rather fast growing and gaining size quickly. The foliage is unusually dark.

Price: Php 800 SIZE M

N. northiana 'Bau' BE3357

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A highly sought after species from Borneo at 0-500m, due to very picturesque pitchers that feature numerous colors and wide openings together with huge size (check the wikipedia link!). This plant is not easy to establish, as it doesn't like transplanting a lot. It took these plants about 2 month to start growing after import. It's supposed to enjoy shady conditions. We will let them propagate for a while, they will be back next year.

N. rafflesiana 'Brunei elegans' BE3353

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A new form in our sortiment with exceptionally elongate pitchers.

N. rafflesiana 'red' MT25

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One of the most impressive Nepenthes species, at the same time easy to grow and very affordable. It likes the rainy season, when old pitchers last longer. The pitchers of the adult plant can hold as much as 1 liter of fluid, making them belonging to the biggest in the genus. The tendrils get very long too. Even if you grow the plant on a table it might place the pitchers on the ground below. Our plants are still very small with zero to few pitchers, but you are welcome to order already.

Price: Php 800 SIZE M

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N. rafflesiana 'Pure Cream Pitchers' BE3141

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This form is part of Borneo Exotics assorted clones (BE3141). The plants have strinkingly cream colored pitchers that contrast strongly with all of our other plants. The wings tend to turn pinkish, the pitchers don't have any speckles. It might be speculated if this is N. hemsleyana (BE3144), It also has the hip, cylindrical section and less prominent peristome lip in the upper pitchers. In that case this plant is specialized in housing bats and enjoying their excrements.

N. rafflesiana 'Brunei giant dark' BE3141/3148

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This form features a lime green peristome on new pitchers, which is turns to cream color after a while. This plant is also known as clone 99. Please note that the plant in the picture is older than the sales plants. As our rafflesianas are arriving mixed, the identification is our best guess - we are just picking out the darkest pitchers with an un-striped peristome from the bunch.

N. rafflesiana 'flat tendril' BE3141

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This is the only clone of our rafflesianas that features bright green laminae, whereas all other rafflesianas usually have dark olive/reddish laminae. The tendril is not round but flattened in this clone. This might be a hint that later the tendril will be winged. In that case this plant is N. rafflesiana var. alata. The pitchers are cream colored with mild speckling. It is very easy to distinguish from the other clones.

N. rafflesiana 'Sandakan' MT25L

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The Sandakan clone is known to be the highly sought after N. rafflesiana alata, which means it has winged tendrils. The pitchers are cream colored.

Price: Php 700 SIZE M

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N. rafflesiana 'Brunei Giant Red' BE3141/BE3146

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A very pretty fellow, which goes well together in contrasting the dark rafflesianas. Mostly cream colored, but with a nice cover of dark speckles. Also the peristome is multicolored. According to our latest research we are guessing that this is BE3146 'Brunei giant red', which is also known as clone 88. The pitchers turn more red later in life.

N. rafflesiana 'Heavy Streak' BE3141

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We found another form of rafflesiana in our BE3141 batch, that doesn't match the others. As you can see it has cream pitchers, with very heavy red streaks. This difference is getting more obvious the older the plants get. I used to grow similar colored rafflesianas that were labeled as 'Johore'.

N. smilesii BE3316

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A plant occurring at 200-1500m in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. It was traded for many years as N. anamensis and sometimes even as N. thorelii. Aside from that it looks a bit like N. kongkandana. It is known to survive longer dry spells due to water storing capabilities. If you are looking for a plant that is easy and speedy, then look no further.

Price: Php 800 SIZE M

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N. sumatrana MT

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A lowlander from Sumatra, Indonesia. It is known for large tubby pitchers and very colorful striped peristomes. Somehow it seems to be low on stock everywhere, thus prices have moved to somewhat strange levels considering this is a relatively easy plant to grow and surely not more spectacular than N. rafflesiana or such. We are working to propagate it, but it will take 2 years or so.

N. thai BE3346

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A new species from Thailand, growing on Limestone hills at 500-600 masl. Once again an easy and prolific plant. Actually our single plant 'died' already, during a table collapse followed by a dry-out, while we were traveling. Several weeks later the 'dead' stem has a tiny growth-tip... The plant is fine by now, but it will take a few years until we will have enough stock to sell. Pitcher on the picture was squeezed between two pots, in case you are wondering :)

N. tomoriana G.Tambusisi BE3344

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If you are looking for a plant that has other than green or reddish pitchers, then look no further. This plant from Sulawesi, growing at 0-500m, has unique almost perfect brown pitchers. It does crowd pitchers on the soil similar to N. ampullaria, generally it feels like a blend of N.ampullaria, gracilis and bicalarata. You won't find it in many collections yet. Propagation is ongoing.

N. treubiana Andamata BE3340

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Another sensational species new to cultivation from islands near New Guinea. This plant likes warm coastal climate and produces spectacular giant traps. This plant is new to cultivation, so you won't find much advise how to grow it :)