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How to grow and care for Heliamphora (Sun Pitchers) carnivorous plants in terrariums

Heliamphora (Sun Pitchers) Carnivourous Plant

Great for terrariums, the Sun Pitcher Plant (Heliamphora) is an exotic pitcher plant growing among the clouds of South America.

Heliamphora, Sun Pitchers

Type: Carnivorous | Size: Large, Can rise to more than 120cm.

Great for terrariums, the Sun Pitcher Plant (Heliamphora) is an exotic pitcher plant growing among the clouds of South America.

How to grow and care for Heliamphora:

What soil should I use for Heliamphora plants?

The best type of soil for a carnivorous plant is a mix of peat moss and sand.

Ideal Lighting Conditions for Heliamphora:

Medium to bright direct light

Ideal Temperatue Conditions for Heliamphora:

If you want to create a warm habitat for your plants, you will need to heat a terrarium. A good way to do it is to buy a heating pad and place it under the terrarium tank and set the temperature to 20-25 degrees C.

Ideal Watering Conditions for Heliamphora:

Only use purified, distilled, demineralized water or natural rainwater. You will only need to feed your carnivorous plant if you keep it inside the house. If it is outside, it will take care of the food by capturing the bugs that sit down in the trap to enjoy the nectar. Some plants will even manage to capture bugs inside the house, so make sure to check on them.

Ideal Humidity Conditions for Heliamphora:

Carnivorous plants generally love humidity of 60% to 90%.

Growing Heliamphora in terrariums:

Terrariums are a great way to grow carnivorous plants as they maintain high humidity, consistent temperatures and can be placed in good lighting conditions. Most carnivorous plants live in wet conditions, in a nutrient-poor soil. This is why carnivorous plants trap insects and digest them to get nutrients. These amazing plants do well in humid conditions and very bright direct light.

You can grow carnivorous plants in both open and closed terrariums. The issue with carnivorous plants in closed terrariums comes down to feeding, as it can difficult for plants to find live feed. You can choose a terrarium container that has a small opening, or feed your carnivorous plants yourself. Sun Pitchers love high humidity, but need cooler temperatures and temperature drops at night time.

Where to buy Heliamphora:

Heliamphora on Amazon >

Heliamphora on Ebay AU >

Heliamphora on eBay US >

Heliamphora on Etsy AU > 

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