This is a visual guide to creating a potting mix for a Nepenthes pitcher plant.

See step 6 for pictures 6 months later and 20 days after repotting.

Original photos.

Step 1: Ingredients

You will need the following ingredients:

5 gallon bucket
Peat Moss
New container for plant
Butter knife

A note before beginning: In retrospect, I wish I had watered my pitcher plant 1 day before re-potting. It turned out that it was bone dry from the plant store and the butter knife was necessary to loosen it from the original container.

For later feeding: Meal Worms and Crickets.
<p>Gosh your ventricosa is gorgeous! And thanks for the instructable, very helpful ^^</p>
<p>What kind of sand it that?....And where can I get some! I have been searching forever to get &quot;pure&quot; sand to make up my media for carnivorous plants and am not getting anywhere. Because when it comes to Carn. plants; only the most inert of media can be used.</p><p>Horticultural Sand seems to only be sold in the UK!?</p><p>Someone, please help!.....Thanks, in advance</p>
<p>Silica sand, made from quartz</p>
Where did you buy your plant?
<p>Carnivorous plants shouldn't be watered with tap water even if you let it set out for 24 hours. The minerals and other chemicals in some tap water can kill the plant. It is best to use distilled or rain water. There are exceptions but its safer to use distilled/rain water. </p>
they can catch food alone you don't need feeding :S
<p>@Eggmoon: You're right; they do alright indoors and can also survive without external food in the worst case. This plant is still thriving and has been repotted/propagated a couple times since I made this with only a few intentional feedings along the way. The juicy crickets in a can still dissolve the best though if you're trying to boost growth, but I don't think they keep very long after opening. </p>
I have just the ideal place to hang some of these plants. I have one I purchased 18 months back, and it needs potting on. This instructable has helped me a lot, especially the pictures of of them hanging. <br> <br>Ibr4h4m, thanks for your tip, I already have asbestos damage, and I will now keep away from perlite and such. <br>
Hi, your nepenthes looks great. Just a note. Perlite is not volanic glass, it is expanded mica. They heat up mica until it pops like popcorn. So, no real danger with perlite. <br>
Vermiculite is expanded mica. Perlite is expanded volcanic glass (mainly obsidian). The dust from either is bad to inhale but perlite dust can cause silicosis
hii, at my country indonesia we just use rice husk burned, it's more cheaps than peat moss and perlite at hire :D
I really need to get one of these plants. I currently have a Sarracenia pitcher plant, which is really nice but not nearly as alien looking as a Nepenthes. Great instructable by the way.
Carnivorous plants are pretty incredible. I'm happy that this one in particular seems acclimated to average humidity levels in my house -- I'll have to expand to a terrarium for some of the more fun ones. Do you keep the Sarracenia in a controlled environment?

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