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Heliamphora tatei
Heliamphora tatei


 
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General Description
 
As a native to the mountaintops of Venezuela, Heliamphora prefers full to partial sunlight and mild daytime temperatures (65° to 80°F) and is one of the few carnivorous plants in which we recommend growing it under strong fluorescent lights with stable conditions rather than on a windowsill. Artificial lights will help your plant grow those beautiful spoons that ornate their pitchers, while still providing mild temperatures. Overall, Heliamphora is a hardy plant, though it grows very, very slowly, which probably contributes to its mystique. If you're a patient grower, you will undoubtedly enjoy growing a Heliamphora.

Heliamphora tatei
This species is the tallest of all Heliamphora. In the wild, pitchers have been measured 2-3 tall. However, in cultivation, plants rarely grow larger than 18 inches. The pitchers remain cylindrical with a slight flare. The pitcher's interior remains green. A warm, brightly lit greenhouse may be necessary to grow this plant taller than 12 inches.

All Heliamphora grow very slowly. You will need lots of patience, but you will be greatly rewarded in the years to come.
Plants You Receive
All plants were propagated on-site from select mother plants in our collection. Divisions were done in February 2017. Your plant will be shipped potted in a 5-inch pot with mature pitchers, 9-10 inches. Some pitcher discoloration is present as a result of insect decomposition.

We are here to help you succeed!
We ensure your success by offering only well-established Heliamphora. When we divide adult plants, we nurture each division until we the plant displays new growth. With some plants, this can take several months! As always, every plant you purchase comes with a 30-day guarantee from the time of shipping.

Please watch the monthly video podcast for examples of how your plant may look at this time of the year and important growing tips for the season.

Natural Habitat
Parent plants are native to the mountains of Venezuela.

Type of Plant
Tropical plant for indoor growing.

Size of Adult Plants
Leaves may reach 12-18 inches.

Sunlight
Heliamphora is one of the few plants in which we recommend growing under strong fluorescent lights rather than in a windowsill. Artificial lights are sometimes necessary to achieve the optimal lighting without overheating the plant.

Water
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 thoroughly.

Soil
Use 1 part dried sphagnum moss and 1 part perlite. Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.

Day Temperature
70° - 85°F.

Night Temperature
60° - 70°F. Tolerant of cooler nights, but not at all necessary.

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