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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 1, 2017 9:30 AM CST
Growing nicely. But no pots on my Monkey Pot plant. Plenty of water and sits in the shade. Any hints?


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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 1, 2017 6:59 PM CST
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plantladylin
Jun 1, 2017 7:23 PM CST
Cheryl, that's a gorgeous plant! I'm not familiar with a plant called Monkey Pot and when I googled for "Monkey Pot Plant" it returned with a tree Monkey Pot (Lecythis pisonis) that doesn't look like your plant.
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plantmanager
Jun 1, 2017 7:24 PM CST
I'm not familiar with it either. I thought it was a typo and I'd see a monkey pod plant, but no.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 1, 2017 7:27 PM CST
It's a really neat looking plant!
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Jun 1, 2017 7:44 PM CST
Maybe Monkey Cups, Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes) ?

Sorry, I've not grown them so can't help.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 1, 2017 8:05 PM CST
Danita, I think you are right ... looks like Nepenthes leaves!
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plantladylin
Jun 1, 2017 8:06 PM CST
Cheryl, here's a good article regarding getting your Pitcher plant to form pitchers:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...

I see tendrils on lots of your leaves so maybe it won't be long before you see those pitchers!
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 1, 2017 10:07 PM CST
Thaaaaanks, you guys! Now I know! I was asking for pots when all she can grow are pitchers! Rolling on the floor laughing
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plantladylin
Jun 2, 2017 6:50 AM CST
LOL, when googling yesterday I found that there is a tree (Lecythis sp.) with the common name of "Monkey Pot" due to the fruit being shaped like little pots. The following description regarding Lecythis species ("Monkey Pot") is from the Tradewinds Fruit website: Lecythis - "Native to rainforest regions of Brazil. The name for the tree comes from an old proverb, "a wise old monkey doesn't stick its hand into a pot", referring to the pot-like receptacles (fruit) that hold the seeds and monkeys' eagerness to obtain the seeds. Supposedly young monkey's would stick their paw into an almost ripe fruit and would be unable to get it back out for their paws were filled with nuts, while old monkey's would learn it was better to be patient and pull out the nuts one by one."

Nepenthes, which many know as the "Pitcher Plant" apparently also has a common name of "Monkey Cups". The following description came from Wikipedia: Nepenthes - " The name "monkey cups" refers to the fact that monkeys have been observed drinking rainwater from these plants."
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 2, 2017 9:20 AM CST
Looks to me as if they're coming, Cheryl, the little thread-like extensions on the ends of the leaves will become the pitchers. I'll bet if you look with a magnifier you'll see the tiny pitchers starting already on those curly ends. I've never heard of it called Monkey Pot either. Pitcher Plant is the common name that was on the tag of mine. It's Nepenthes alata.

I've also found that they like lots of water, and the pitchers can abort if it gets too dry. A bit sensitive about water, too. I use rain water to douse mine as often as I can. They both have a saucer under the pots and I make sure there's always a little bit of water in the saucer.

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 2, 2017 9:33 AM CST
I love those little pots, er, um, I mean, PITCHERS!! They catch mosquitoes, too! Thumbs up Keeping the pots filled with water helps them last.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 2, 2017 11:08 AM CST
Shouldn't let them dry out, but you don't want to "fill" the pitchers either. The plant secretes water and its own digestive juices into the liquid in the pitchers that attracts the insects by scent. Too much water in there dilutes the goodies that "eat" the insects. I just douse each plant with my watering can each time I water them. Like a heavy rain, a bit gets into the pitchers but not much.

Those two plants of mine are hanging on either side of the patio door, so they keep a lot of mosquitoes from coming into the house, I'm sure.
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