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    Nectar production in S. purpurea?

    Neither my S. purpurea nor my S. purpurea hybrid seem to produce nectar in their pitchers, they're just waxy and completely dry. I always figured this was typical for the species. However, yesterday I felt the inside of another S. purpurea at a nursery, and found that it was producing copious amounts of the stuff. Why is this? Do some plants just not produce nectar? Does it have to do with where the plant is originally from?

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    Not sure...I've never noticed any nectar on my purps either.
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    Hmm, i've never seen any on my purp either.. But then I put water in my purps pitchers anyhow..

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    Mine secrete a lot of nectar. I can see it dripping down the pitcher body at times.

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    Crazy! I guess it really does vary from plant to plant, and mine aren't defective. I wonder if it has any influence on how many insects the plant catches...

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    Weird observation: The venus flytraps I have in my greenhouse have nectar one the outer parts of the trap, so much it's almost goopy looking.

    The flytraps I have growing outside of the greenhouse, get the same treatment, minus the greenhouse, have no nectar stuff.

    Could it be humidity? I should put a Sarr in my GH to see...

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    I don't think the catch rate affects nectar production. Try looking for nectar on the lip of the leaves, that's usually where it's produced.

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    Haha, I was wondering the opposite, if nectar production affects the catch rate. Oftentimes I see insects land on the plant but then fly away; I wonder if the presence of nectar would lure them in and increase the chance of them falling in.

    Perhaps the humidity does have something to do with it...

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