If you’ve stopped into NHS’ Arcata location recently, you may have noticed some peculiar plants inhabiting the 4x4 Sun Hut Big Easy grow tent along with our usual assortment of carnivores and succulents. These are the majestic and deadly nepenthes know more commonly as the pitcher plant.
We have been lucky enough to partner with a few enterprising local carnivore producers (particular shout out to Ken the Carnivore Man) and have a breeding project currently underway! We are attempting to cross our male Nepenthes Miranda x our female Nepenthes Ventricosa. This is made difficult by the fact the Nepenthes Miranda is notorious for being sourced from a sterile male clone, though research suggest that up to 20% of pollen created by the Miranda is in fact viable. We’re gonna find out together!!! Stop in and see the female flowers as they open and are hopefully pollinated by the Miranda. The male flowers have already withered but are pictured here. Don’t worry, we not only gathered pollen from the Miranda, but have some backup pollen form another Ventricosa just to hedge our bets. Stay tuned and stop in for updates.