The pitcher plant, Nepenthes, is a sculptural insectivorous plant for indoors.
This is a herbaceous plant with leathery lance shaped leaves and unusual hollow “pitchers” with lids in which insects can become trapped and digested.
The plant prefers filtered sunlight and should be kept away from full sunlight. It likes to be warm and tolerates temperatures down to 59° F.
Use only soft water to water the plant and avoid letting the soil dry out. Keep the plant constantly moist by misting with a hand sprayer. Feed once a week with a very week fertilizer from spring to fall. The fertilizer should be sprayed on the leaves with a hand sprayer.
This plant prefers high humidity. It should be repotted every year in early spring and may be cut back at the same time. Repot in coarse sphagnum mixed with gravel.
If you’re disappointed because your potted plant doesn’t look is lush and attractive as do the plant in a florist shop, then you don’t know the trick that florists use to get that look. Florists do use a leaf shine product to polish the leaves on their potted plant to make them look as healthy and as attractive as possible.
There are many leaf shine products on the market and the best of those products, the one most used by florists on their plants is Chrysal leafshine.
Chrysal leafshine polishes your plants, as well as cut foliage, for a natural healthy look. It removes water spots and calcium deposits and even prevents dust from settling on the leaves. It is a quick drying, safe and easy to use spray which requires no wiping or rubbing.
To purchase Chrysal leafshine contact your local florist. If they do not currently have the product for sale; your local florist can get it from Delaware Valley Wholesale Florist Supply/Fresh Blooms.
Unfortunately, Delaware Valley does not sell directly to the general public; however, you can contact them at 800-676-1212 to learn where you can publicly purchase Chrysal leafshine. If memory should fail you when speaking to them just tell him you want the “good stuff” – I’ve ordered it that way from them before and that also goes to prove how fantastic this leaf shine spray actually is.
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