Nepenthes bicalcarata

Nepenthes bicalcarata is a very unusual and attractive species. The pitchers each have a pair of downward pointing thorns (often called fangs) just under the lid. A lowland species native to Borneo, N. bicalcarata seems to like it a little wetter than other species, and a little bit warmer.

My specimen is kept standing in water in a 30"x12"x12" (75cm x 30cm x 30cm) terrarium under a two-tube flourescent shop light. Temperature is kept stable at around 85f (30c), and this is maintained through bottom heat. Planting medium is a layer of non-living sphagnum over a layer of sphagnum peat, perlite and orchid bark mix in a 4"(10cm) pot.

The plant receives regular doses of diluted Superthrive, and is misted at least once per day. Under these conditions, bicalcarata has proven to be a very quick grower.

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