Carnivorous plants don't get more colourful, clever and downright dramatic than the tropical pitcher plants, aka Nepenthes. Domonick Gravine, founder of Nepenthes nursery RedLeaf Exotics, has been running his business for about 18 months now, bringing Nepenthes to a whole new generation of growers.
- Nepenthes attenboroughii is the largest of the clan at up to 1.5m tall.
- Domonick's favourite hybrid is N. lowii x N. truncata
- Nepenthes veitchii is Domonick's favourite species and the inspiration for his company logo.
- Nepenthes 'Miranda' and N. x ventrata are common 'starter plants' which are easy for beginners to grow, as is N. ventricosa and N. sanguniea.
- When Domonick mentions 'RO water', he's referring to water that comes from a reverse osmosis system which is a filtration system. More details on the pros and cons here, and there's a really detailed page on Wikipedia.
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Question of the week
Stephanie and Brenda both wanted suggestions for places to see houseplants in London. here's what I came up with:
- Kew Gardens
- Barbican Conservatory
- The Chelsea Physic Garden
- Prick London on Kingsland Road (subject of episode 24 )
- SkyGarden (although I have to admit I haven't been)
- The National Gardens Scheme has a search function here to find private gardens opening for charity during your visit.
- The Global Generation Skip Garden and Camley Street Natural Park (although neither are particularly houseplanty) in Kings Cross
If you have your own suggestions, do comment below and I'll add them in!
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