Nepenthes Veitchii Cultivation
Nepenthes veitchii is an easy plant, with lowland and highland varieties of which both forms can be grown as intermediates.
Cultivating Ease - Easy
Type - This plant has two distinct forms. The lowland variety grows from near sea level up. Highland varieties can range to 1200 meters, which makes it an more of an intermediate than a true highlander. Both forms grow well as an intermediate.
Temperature - Daytime temperatures can range from 80-90 degrees. Nighttimes temps between 60 degrees and 70 degrees.
Humidity - This plant can tolerate low humidity drops due to the very hairy nature of the leaves and stem. The humidity should remain above 70% for best growth.
Light - Semi-shaded light. I only grow the plant in full sun in the greenhouse during the winter months. At all other times, direct sunlight is a bit too much for it. It is a forest grower, known for climbing up the sides of trees. It grows very well in a large chamber under lights.
Moisture - Keep the plant moist. I usually grow this plant on a tray method. I sit the pot on about 1" of water, and over a week or two the water will evaporate and the soil will start to dry a bit. I then water again.
Soil - Long Fiber Sphagnum
Size - The plant will eventually start climbing, and climb it can. But it can take years for it to climb very far. It can also scramble horizontally along the ground.
Details: An easy plant that produces beautifully shaped pitcherswith a notoriously wide peristome. The pitcher color is usually golden yellow. Although it is not a fast grower, the pitchers can remain intact for over a year. The leaves can wrap themselves around the trunk of a tree with amazing symmetry. The vine grows directly up one side of the tree, and the leaves alternate on which side of the trunk they wrap around. Leaves and tendrils then cross each other on the back side of the trunk, securely locking the plant against the tree. Check out Charles Clarkes Nepenthes of Borneo book for some fantastic pictures of this phenomenon.
Propagation - Very easy from cuttings. Cuttings rarely fail, due to the very thick hairy nature of the leaves and stems. This causes cuttings to remain intact for an extended period of time, allowing the plant to establish a root system.
Forms - lowland & highland. The main difference between the two is that the leaves and pitchers can be longer on the lowland form, and much shorter on the highland.
N. veitchii highland form.
N. veitchii lowland form. Note the longer leaves and elongated pitchers.