Monkey Cups have strap-like, ordinary-looking leaves, but unlike other plants, they have a strong midvein extending beyond their leaves for several inches. The ends of the midveins develop into upright pitchers to trap insect prey with umbrella-like lids to protect the insides of the pitchers from rain.
Carnivorous plants need the right light, water, and temperatures, just like other plants, to make their food by photosynthesis. But they also need an extra boost of nutrition from an outside source so they can survive in boggy, poor soil.
- Light - Temperature & Humidity - Soil - Pot - Water - Nourishing
Even though Monkey Cups are not difficult plants to grow, less-than-ideal conditions can cause problems, like pitchers turning brown and falling off or the plant refusing to grow pitchers.