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Jun 3, 2020 5:07 PM CST
San Diego, CA
I bought a pitcher plant 4 years ago from Home Depot, it was pretty small, despite not knowing much about carnivorous plants it has survived and become a quite large plant and the branches are getting so long they are becoming a little unmanageable. I put them up on bamboo sticks but I'm not sure if that's something you do for these type of plants. Any suggestions on how to manage the growth and size? Thank you
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Jun 3, 2020 6:45 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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That is a beautiful plant! You've done a great job. Thumbs up

The reality is Nepenthes are more vine than bush. Mine, from Home Depot and about 4 years old, is 7 ft tall - its actually taller but, the greenhouse roof is 7 ft so now its traveling sideways. The stems between pitchers and leaves will twine around anything they get near so, maybe a trellis?

I have never heard of anyone pruning a Nepenthes so, I'm not sure how the plant would react.

@Tarev, any thoughts?
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Jun 5, 2020 12:41 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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Pitcher plant pruning is a must. To tidy up messy plants, start trimming pitcher plants back with the scissors. Cut back each stem to a reasonable length. If the plant is old and uncared for, it will still accept severe pruning. Pruning a pitcher plant encourages new growth to form. If you don't prune, you will have problems taking care of your Pitcher plant and managing the size.
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Jun 5, 2020 4:23 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Oneeyeluke, do you own a Nepenthes? I noticed your answer replied heavily on "Gardeningknowhow". Just curious.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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