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What is a Bio-Dome?

A Bio-Dome is a new innovative and very simple growing system that enables anyone to grow Nepenthes plants at home, in the office, in your living room as an attractive table top plant., with minimal care and maintenance. The system waters the plant using capillary action to wick water up from a reservoir below the plant. The dome maintains the high humidity around the plant which it needs to grow when it is still young and tender. It is carefully designed so that as the plant grows, new leaves will seek out the hole in the dome and eventually develop outside the dome.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How should I water my plant?

Keep an eye on the water in the reservoir. When it falls to near the low level mark, the water will need to be topped up simply by pouring gently through the hole in the dome. Please do not use tap water but rain water if you can. Tap water can be used in an emergency but should be replaced with rainwater as soon as possible, otherwise your plant may slowly decline depending upon the hardness of your tap water. The reservoir pot easily unclips from the dome for cleaning as required.

My plant has not yet grown out of the hole in the dome and is growing new green leaves, but pitchers do not develop. What is wrong?

Leaves with no pitchers usually means the plant needs more light or is receiving too much fertilizer.

The existing pitchers and some older leaves are turning black, what should I do?

Firstly, do not panic! This happens in nature , as the plant grows new leaves and pitchers (traps) the old leaves and pitchers will slowly deteriorate and die. Understand that our plant has been through a great deal of stress before you gave it it’s new home. The natural fluid from the old pitchers may have been lost in transit and the plant naturally responds to stress by abandoning older leaves and pitchers; this is completely normal and nothing to worry about. Cut them off and wait. The plant can grow well with a minimum of 3 leaves and growing point. Each new leaf formed should produce a new pitcher that will last for a very long time, many months at least. If this does not happen, then probably there is not enough light.

Unsightly algae is forming in the water reservoir, what can I do?

This is inevitable and will happen after a few months but will not harm the plant directly. If you wish to clean it, you can change the water by unclipping the lid by combining a gentle squeeze of the base reservoir, with a gentle pull upwards to unclip and release the dome. Please remember to replace the water with rainwater and not tap water, unless there is no choice. When replacing the dome, place your hand over the top and use your fingers to press down until the dome clips back into position onto the reservoir unit, this is essential to ensure that the humidity builds up and is maintained inside the dome.

My plant produces new leaves but pitchers do not form. What’s wrong?

Either the humidity is too low or there is insufficient light. If the dome lid is kept closed, the humidity will be fine, so insufficient light is the problem. You should find pitchers form with good coloration, similar to the ones on the plant when you first purchased it but hopefully becoming larger with each new leaf!

Where should I keep my plant?

Nepenthes need more light than many people suppose. Try to find a spot where there is a little sun for a few hours per day, or better still, dappled sunlight but be careful not to cause overheating in hot weather. If sunlight is not available, they can be grown very successfully under a normal fluorescent light placed about 30cm (12″) from the plant or under LED lights. If the light can be put on a time-switch to keep it on for 12-14 hours per day, so much the better.

My plant is growing out through the hole in the dome, but it doesn’t form pitchers any more. What can I do?

Light levels may be too low but it is most likely that the outside environment is too dry. Therefore move your plant to an area where you have higher humidity. Possible places can be. a.) Kitchen or bathroom where water vapour naturally occurs when water is heated and can be seen as a mist rising above a bath or boiling water in the kitchen. These areas will have a higher humidity than many other dry areas inside your home, b.) Place your plant close to other plants which should raise the humidity, as being part of a micro-climate where other plants are transpiring, again the humidity should be higher within the proximity of other plants. Do remember to provide sufficient light, or dappled light.

Can I open the lid of the Bio-Dome unit?

We do not recommend opening the unit, as it is designed so that your plant adapts and becomes established within your environment. Once your plant has grown out of the hole and covers the dome, then it’s ready for potting on into another more suitable growing container according to your requirements. The Bio-Dome unit provides the high humidity that the plant needs when it is still young. You may certainly open the lid for a few minutes at a time – it clips off with a gentle squeeze of the base unit, while pulling the dome upwards – but please do not remove it entirely or leave it open for long periods unless in a very humid place such as a bathroom or moist greenhouse. Even then, it’s best to slowly acclimatize the plant by leaving 8.)the lid open for longer and longer periods each day. Regular misting with rainwater is useful when the dome lid is left open or removed entirely.

Does this product represent a potential mosquito breeding ground?

This is a matter of great interest to growers in tropical countries and the answer is a definite “No!”. Mosquitoes are unable to reach the water reservoir to lay their eggs and the natural digestive fluid in the pitchers is regulated by the plant to be highly acidic, which makes it impossible for the dangerous dengue and malarial carrying species of mosquito to breed in them. This has been scientifically proven.

What happens when my plant starts to outgrow the Bio-Dome unit?

Now it’s time to consider rehousing your plant. There are several options available, depending upon whether you live in a temperate or tropical country and whether you wish to grow the plant indoors, in a greenhouse or conservatory, or in a garden. Some truly remarkable mature plants have been raised indoors under fluorescent lights/LED lights on a desktop or windowsill. It’s all a matter of technique. We shall be offering various alternatives and examples in future updates. You can be kept informed of updates to this website by subscribing to our Facebook page from our homepage.

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