As a native to the mountaintops of Venezuela, Heliamphora prefers full to partial sunlight and mild daytime temperatures (65° to 80°F). This is one of the few carnivorous plants in which we recommend growing it under strong fluorescent lights with stable conditions rather than in a windowsill. This will help your plant grow those beautiful spoons that ornate their pitchers.
Overall, Heliamphora is a hardy plant, though it grows very slowly, which probably contributes to its mystique. If you're a patient grower, you will certainly enjoy growing a Heliamphora.
Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor
Though Heliamphora is generally regarded as a plant for the experienced grower, this hybrid is the easiest of the bunch. Adult specimens will produce pitchers 4-8 inches tall. The pitchers have a distinct flare with a red margin and reddish hue in the upper interior. Look for flowers in late winter and early spring.
Plants You Receive
Your plant will be shipped potted in a 4-inch pot with a single mature pitcher. All plants were propagated on-site from select mother plants in our collection and are well-established.
Large, 4-inch Square Pot
: multiple growing points, first photoMedium, 4-inch Round Pot
: single growing point, second photoSmall, 3-inch Square Pot
: two adult pitchers, third photo
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Parent plants are native to the mountains of Venezuela
Type of Plant
Tropical plant for indoor growing.
Size of Adult Plants
Pitchers can reach 8 inches.
This is one of the few plants in which we recommend growing under strong fluorescent lights rather than in a windowsill.
Use mineral-free water or water low in minerals (less than 50 parts per million). Keep the soil damp, but never waterlogged. Allow the water to drain through completely.
Use 1 part dried sphagnum moss and 1 part perlite. Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.
70° - 85°F.
60° - 70°F. Tolerant of cooler nights, but not at all required.