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Heliamphora ionasii Ilu Tepui, Venezuela

Heliamphora ionasii Ilu Tepui, Venezuela

Heliamphora is a carnivorous plant of the sarraceniaceae family, endemic to South America, in particular they live in Venezuelan plateaus called Tepui, 1000 to 2000 meters above sea level.
They have modified leaves, fused to form a sort of amphora, hence the name.
The leaves fill with abundant rain and act as a trap for insects that fall inside.

Growing Tips

Heliamphora loves sudden changes in temperature and direct sun. It grows in the Tepui where during the day the temperatures are mild and the sun is very strong but at night the temperature drops considerably and the rains are very frequent.
In summer, give it direct sun only in the morning and keep it shaded the rest of the day.
In spring, autumn and winter they can remain in full sun up to 5 degrees above zero.
It grows very well in terrariums in highland conditions (nocturnal temperature changes)
It loves light and breathable soils, such as peat combined with abundant perlite, dehydrated sphagnum moss, kanuma, akadama

Watering

Heliamphora does not like stagnant water so it is preferable not to use the saucer but to water the plant from above one or more times a day during the hot summer days.
While in other seasons they can be reduced while still maintaining the soil moist and the jugs full of water.

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