This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
As many kinds of Nepenthes, as Kina Balu himself can boast of, are here represented in basket homes depending from the roof in the stove. They are growing in Such's orchid-peat and sphagnum moss through which water passes freely, - a necessity because of the great amount of water that they need and which should never stagnate. In their native wilds Nepenthes enjoy excessive humidity and a subtropical or tropical temperature. Naturally they are climbing vines, and the older the vines are and the further they run the smaller and less numerous are their pitchers. This is observable in their cultivated as well as wild condition, therefore, the old and scraggy vines are shortened back in favor of fresh sprouts; hence the multiplicity of handsome pitchers that ornament these baskets. They include Rafflesiana, Sedeni. Chelsoni, intermedia, distillatoria, rubra, hybri-da, h. maculata, ampullacea, a. vittata major, Courtii, Dominiana, Hookeriana, lanata.Veitchii, and bicalcarata. The last named "has its pitchers armed in a really formidable way, and the swollen stalks of its urns perforated by a species of ant in a singular manner." It is one of my friend Burbridge's triumphs; the first living plants of it ever brought to Europe were those introduced by him from Borneo between two and three years ago.