How to Care for a Heliamphora Plant

Overview

The classification "Heliamphora" does not refer to one plant only, but six species of carnivorous plants. These plants are often called "Marsh Pitchers" for their pitcher-shaped leaves and the fact that they grow on the marshy, flat-topped mountains of the Guiana Highlands in Venezuala. Heliamphora are difficult to buy, but if you are lucky enough to be able to purchase one, make sure you take care of it. This plant makes a stunning conversation piece in any home.

Step 1

Provide a humid setting for your Heliamphora plant. They grow in wet, usually foggy marshlands in the wild and are used to high humidity. Set your plant on pebbles on a tray filled with water. Misting your plant can contribute to fungi growth, but if your plant seems to need it, try misting it once with distilled water each morning so that the sun can quickly evaporate any standing water left on the leaves.

Step 2

Place your pitcher plant in a location where it will be exposed to indirect sunlight. A south-facing window is best. Morning sun and afternoon shade will prevent the plant from being scorched. During cooler seasons, it can get up to seven hours of sunlight. In hot weather, limit the sun exposure to only four hours.

Step 3

Keep the temperatures at the right levels. Heliamphora plants thrive in daytime temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees, with a drop of about 15 degrees during the evening. This variation in temperature is necessary for proper growth. These plants do not do well in freezing temperatures, which can kill them.

Step 4

Water your Heliamphora enough so that the soil is always moist, but not soggy. Standing water and overly soggy soil can cause root rot to quickly develop.

Step 5

Check your plant often for dead or wilting leaves and stems. Pluck off yellowing or dead leaves and clip off dead stems.

Step 6

Feed a few tiny insects to your plant every few months. Heliamphora plants do not need fertilizer.

Things You'll Need

  • Tray filled with pebbles
  • Water
  • Spray bottle (optional)
  • Clippers
  • Small insects

References

  • Bonatical Society of America: Heliamphora

Who Can Help

  • PitcherPlant.com: Heliamphora Care Sheet
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About this Author

April Sanders has been a writer and educator for 11 years. She is a published curriculum writer and has provided academic content for several subscription databases. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master's degree in information sciences and technology.