Nepenthes veitchii × burbidgeae
Description & Care
N. veitchii × burbidgeae is an stunning cross between two Borneo natives. I’ve found it to be a tolerant and forgiving plant that does best during the warmer times of year, similar to its parents. It produces pitchers with the size and shape of N. burbidgeae, with color and peristome reminiscent of N. veitchii. The pitchers have a yellow or pink body, and a tri-colored peristome of yellow, red, and maroon. By volume its lower pitchers are the largest I’ve ever grown.
This cross has been produced several times, most notably by Exotica Plants in Australia and Borneo Exotics in Sri Lanka. Mine is from Exotica, specifically their 2018 release. It grew fairly slowly until it started vining - now it’s rapidly heading for the rafters and has since flowered male.
I’d recommend this cross for anyone who’s a fan of N. veitchii hybrids, as I am, and whose conditions lean more towards intermediate than true highland. Just make sure you have plenty of space!
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 veitchii - is a widely distributed species found at elevations of between 0 and 1600 meters. The male parent - Nepenthes burbidgeae - is a highland species found at elevations of between 1200 and 1800 meters.
On average, the hybrid N. veitchii x burbidgeae is likely to grow best with temperatures of approximately 24 - 32°C (74 - 90°F) during the day, and 14 - 22°C (56 - 72°F) at night. This range is highlighted in purple above.
Where to Buy
|Availability||The BE release is widely available. The EP grex (which is what I grow) is much harder to come by.|
|Borneo Exotics codes||
Visit www.californiacarnivores.com and get 10% off by using code tomscarnivores.
Visit sphagnum.co.uk and get 10% off by using code TOMS10%.