Tom's Carnivores

Nepenthes burbidgeae × lowii

Description & Care

When it comes to Nepenthes, I find naturally-occurring hybrids particularly appealing. N. burbidgeae x lowii is known to grow in the wild in parts of Borneo where the distribution of the two parent species overlap, but it is rare.

This particular cross exhibits some of the most striking colouration of all the plants in my collection. Like N. veitchii x burbidgeae, the plant inherits a tri-coloured peristome of red, maroon, and cream from the male parent (N. burbidgeae). This stands out wonderfully against the all-red body of the lower pitchers, which are quite reminiscent of N. lowii in terms of their size and conspicuous lid hairs. I love looking at this plant, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the uppers in another year or so.

This is not an easy hybrid to find. It’s been produced at least once horticulturally, and despite being put into tissue culture by Andreas Wistuba in Germany, it’s rarely available for sale. My particular plant is from his original seed-grown release, and is now about 4 or 5 years old.

How I Grow It

Media Long fibre sphagnum moss, perlite, and - optionally - orchid bark (2:1:1)
Water Damp but not wet
Light Very bright, diffused light
Fertilizer Maxsea or liquid orchid feed in the pitchers, every two weeks
Temperature 12°C (54°F) minimum year-round, with summer highs of ~ 30°C (86°F)
Humidity 70% during the day, rising to over 90% at night

Learn more about cultivation with my guide to growing Nepenthes.

Day & Night Temperatures

The female parent - Nepenthes burbidgeae - is a highland species found at elevations of between 1200 and 1800 meters. The male parent - Nepenthes lowii - is a highland species found at elevations of between 1650 and 2600 meters.

On average, the hybrid N. burbidgeae x lowii is likely to grow best with temperatures of approximately 21 - 28°C (70 - 82°F) during the day, and 11 - 18°C (52 - 64°F) at night. This range is highlighted in purple above.

Where to Buy

Availability Hard to find - is in tissue culture in Germany, but always sells out quickly.
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