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    Drying/Preserving Nepenthes Pitchers

    Just wondering how to dry/preserve a cut Nepenthes Pitcher, I would like to be able to preserve them before they start to die.

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    clip em off. clean em out. fill the pitcher with salt. put the stuffed pitcher in a bag of salt....then...wait? i dont know how long.
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    i just cut mine off and bring them in, sure they turn brown and dry up a bit, but they keep their form and dont fall apart.

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    putting salt acts in 2 ways. drying and keeping the shape. ive never had neps that keep their shape when they dry out...
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    This is a thumbnail photograph that you can click on to see better. I don't use salt.
    I freeze dry my Nepenthes pitchers when the lids begin to turn brown. I just cut them off the plant, wash them out, shake off excess water, and put them in the freezer for 6-10 weeks, or more until they are light and dry.
    The first six pitchers have been painted and the others are natural. Some species and hybrids, even different clones of the same type, hold there color and others do not. These are all over 7 years old.



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    I have one I made 2 years ago.
    I did not have silica gel at the time, so I used cat litter (unused). I placed the pitcher inside a glass cup and then covered the pitcher with the cat litter. Place in the microwave for a minute. Allow to cool overnight. Remove pitcher from the glass cup.
    To protect it even better I used some epoxy resin and coated the pitcher.
    The pitcher still has it's shape and color from the day I cut it off.


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    Alex, what kind of salt? Sea salt or iodized salt? Or does it matter?

    Thanks for the pic Steven! Thats exactly what I was wanting to do.

    Elgecko, I dont have a microwave, would there be any other way to do it do you think? You mentioned silica gel, is that a different process or just done in the same way as the cat litter?

    Thanks for the tips everyone, I am going to try all of the techniques and see which I like the best
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    formaldehyde
    Really maybe it may work

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