Plant Care Tropical Pitcher Plant

Tropical Pitcher Plant

4.6 out of 5 (25 experiences)

Tropical Pitcher Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Tropical Pitcher Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Tropical Pitcher Plant

The Tropical Pitcher Plant is a carnivorous plant that usually grows as a climbing or hanging vine. The cup-shaped part of a pitcher plant is actually a modified leaf used to capture and digest insects! They typically grow in regions low in nitrogen, which is essential for plant growth, and evolved carnivory as a clever solution. Long pitchers and round pitchers often grow on the same plant to catch different types of insects 🐜.


Nepenthes alata

Also known as

Pitcher Plant, Monkeycups and Spotted Pitcher Plant

How to care for Tropical Pitcher Plant


How often to water your Tropical Pitcher Plant

Water needs for Tropical Pitcher Plant
0.5 cups
every 7

Tropical Pitcher Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Tropical Pitcher Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Tropical Pitcher Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Tropical Pitcher Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Tropical Pitcher Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Tropical Pitcher Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Tropical Pitcher Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Tropical Pitcher Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Tropical Pitcher Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Tropical Pitcher Plant can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Tropical Pitcher Plant

Tropical Pitcher Plant

Tropical Pitcher Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Tropical Pitcher Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 11
Tropical Pitcher Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Tropical Pitcher Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 6
Tropical Pitcher Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Tropical Pitcher Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Tropical Pitcher Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Jjboi avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 814 XP
globe Raleigh, NC

DO NOT give it any nutritious soil or tap water. They like mosssssssss. Don’t feed the pitchers human food the pitchers will rot.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Emma rose avatar
@Emma rose
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Québec

Needs a humid environment and if let outside, animals will come and investigate and tip it over because of the sweet juice inside the pitchers

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Morbidnmacabre avatar
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 351 XP

If you’re looking to add a carnivorous plant to your collection, I’d advise you to go with the pitcher. I’ve managed to keep this one alive, but never anything else. These are a bit easier. They look tough, they’re a bit hardier, and not super expensive. We picked this up at either Lowe’s or Home Depot for about $25. Definitely recommend

Charlee avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 100 XP
globe Douglasville, GA

I literally adore this plant. i don’t water it for weeks and then i over water half the time and it still grows amazing pitchers

Survivor Survivor
Pocahontas avatar
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 5,091 XP
globe München, Bayern

It was said to be a diva plant but it’s not. It needs a lot of light and water and is fine. However, I’m not 100% sure it’s pulling its weight regarding pest control.

Spods441 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 153 XP
globe Melrose, MA

Dies so fast

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@Plant parent
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 132 XP

Honestly this is one of the easiest and best plants to have it eats pest but also is a low maintenance plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Agatha avatar
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 1,147 XP

So very glad I got these. I was nervous about not having enough experience with plants to make my Nepenthes thrive, but they are!
They get as much indirect sun as possible, are right against the window in a pebble tray for humidity. We water from the top to keep them moist at all times.
They have pushed out a few baby pitchers, one successfully opened its lid already! So exciting. The others are growing slowly and steadily.
On their own indoors they just catch gnats, but me and my kid feed them ants and the occasional housefly or bug we find. I also have dried bloodworms on hand.
They smell sweet!
Just delightful plants! If you can give them the correct lighting (lots) and humidity, go for it.

Fast grower Fast grower
Ctsinovoi avatar
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,568 XP

High maintenance but I love her

Fast grower Fast grower
Rebeccae21 avatar
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 317 XP
globe Newport, KY

Don’t get me wrong, I love my pitcher plant but definitely not for a beginner.

Survivor Survivor

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