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  • Carnivorous Plant With Unique Bulbous Traps
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 12 inches
  • Pet Safe

The Monkey Cup Plant, also known as Pitcher Plant or Nepenthes, is a unique houseplant. Native to tropical regions mostly in Asia and parts of Australia, this plant develops small, globe-like vessels at the end of the foliage. The vessels are filled with nectar. Unwitting insects fall into the nectar-filled traps, which is how this carnivorous plant sustains itself.

Best Locations For Growing Monkey Cup Plant

Light and humidity are the main factors that make the Monkey Cup Plant feel at home. Naturally humid areas are a good fit, but you can always create extra dampness with a pebble tray or humidifier. Monkey Cup Plants are pet-safe and non-toxic, but the unique, dangling traps may entice curious cats, so it's best to err on the side of caution and place the plant on a high shelf or area not accessible to pets.

Monkey Cup Plant Sunlight Requirements

Bright to medium indirect light is best for Monkey Cup Plants. Place the plant in or near a sunny window to ensure the broad foliage gets plenty of light. Avoid direct sunlight, which may be too much for the Pitcher Plant to handle.

Monkey Cup Plant Care

High humidity, similar to what they would experience in the tropics, is necessary for Monkey Cup Plants to thrive. Try to keep the humidity around this plant at 60% or higher. Use a pebble tray with water or a humidifier to give this houseplant the moisture it craves when grown in dry climates. Monkey Cup Plants also prefer warm temperatures. If you are comfortable, the plant will be, too, but avoid placing this houseplant near a drafty window or air conditioning vents.

Watering Monkey Cup Plant

Water Monkey Cup Plant when the top inch of soil is dry. This plant has high water needs and likes to stay damp. While this is a thirsty plant, it does not like overly wet conditions, so water until excess water drains through the pot and remove standing water.

Feeding Monkey Cup Plant

Fertilize Monkey Cup Plant using an acidic plant food once per month. Pitcher Plants grown indoors will not usually go dormant, so you can fertilize the plant year-round. Fertilizer will support healthy foliage, but you can also keep your Pitcher Plant healthy by providing live or freeze-dried insects, like crickets, mealworms, and grasshoppers. Plants that catch their own insects do not need to be fed, but you can feed them every 10 - 14 days if they have not caught their own insects.

Monkey Cup Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Above Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Trailing
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 12 inches
Mature Spread: 18 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Red, Yellow
Foliage Description: Cherry Red Speckles On Yellow-Green
Temperature: 64° - 81°F (18° - 27°C)
Humidity: Above Average (60% - 80%)
Common Name: Monkey Cup Plant
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Nepenthes
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
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Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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