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Nepenthes hamata × edwardsiana

Description & Care

In my opinion, this is one of the best hybrids ever made!

Nepenthes hamata x edwardsiana was first created by Andreas Wistuba sometime around 2017, and since then it has been recreated several times by other nurseries. Despite being in tissue culture, it always sells out immediately, and it’s easy to see why.

This cross combines the best features of its two parent species. It has a magnificently toothy peristome and an elongated red pitcher body which darkens to a purplish-brown. The leaves are quite robust, and the pitcher size is large relative to the leaf size (a trait comferred by the female parent).

I’ve found this plant to be an easier grower than either parent species, though it does seem particularly succeptible to pests, much like N. hamata. It benefits from strong fertiliser in the pitchers, and doesn’t like its growing media to get too wet (much like N. edwardsiana). Other than that, it’s an easy and fast grower in intermediate-to-highland conditions.

Highly recommended, if you can get your hands on one.

How I Grow It

Media Long fibre sphagnum moss, perlite, and - optionally - orchid bark (2:1:1)
Water Keep on the drier side, like the male parent - I let the top moss start to dry before watering again.
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 hamata - is a highland species found at elevations of between 1400 and 2500 meters. The male parent - Nepenthes edwardsiana - is a highland species found at elevations of between 1600 and 2700 meters.

On average, the hybrid N. hamata x edwardsiana is likely to grow best with temperatures of approximately 19 - 28°C (66 - 82°F) during the day, and 9 - 18°C (48 - 64°F) at night. This range is highlighted in purple above.

See Also

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Where to Buy

Availability Expensive and hard-to-find. It's in tissue culture in Germany, but always sells out immediately.
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