Carnivorous plants

Nepenthes miranda

Carnivorous plants are a type of plant that attracts special attention, since at first no one would say that plant beings are capable of digesting the bodies of animals… directly from their »stomach» (traps). But the truth is that… they had no choice! In their places of origin they find so little nutrients in the soil that they either hunt or die. And the Nephentes miranda is one of the most attractive.

No, I’m not saying it (well, maybe yes ), but the color of his traps is truly spectacular. Also, it looks great as a hanging plant. But do you know how to take care of it?

Origin and characteristics

Our protagonist is a carnivorous plant that is the result of the cross between Nephentes maxima and Nephentes northiana. Its scientific name is Nephentes x Miranda, although it is better known without the “x” in between: Nephentes miranda. Its leaves are simple, lanceolate, green in color and with a visible midrib, and are up to 30cm long. The traps are pale green with reddish-brown spots and a nearly vertical mouth.

It is included in the classification of lowland, intermediate and sometimes highland carnivores, due to the provenance of its ‘parents’.

What are their cares?

If you want to have a copy, we recommend you provide the following care:

  • Location: it must be protected from direct sun, but in a bright area. Indoors it is advisable to put fluorescent light.
  • Substrate: it is a plant that has to be planted in 70% blond peat mixed with 30% perlite.
  • Irrigation: it must be watered keeping the substrate moist at all times, using rainwater, osmotized or distilled.
  • Pruning: dry leaves and traps must be cut.
  • Rusticity: the minimum temperature it supports is 15ºC, and the maximum 31ºC. It does not hibernate.

What did you think of the Nephentes miranda ?

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