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Hi, I've had a Nepenthes Miranda for about 7 months now. When I first got the plant it had several pitchers but after about a month the pitchers turned brown and fell off and it hasn't produced any since. I live in south Georgia so it's pretty sunny and warm here. I keep the plant by a west facing window and keep the soil moist. It's growing like crazy but it just won't produce any pitchers, am I doing something wrong?

Hi Ashton,

Usually with N.x miranda issues with them not producing pitchers is a light issue.  This plant needs about 4-5 hours of sun on a sunny day to make pitchers.  During the winter they won't pitcher due to the short days, but as the days lengthen it should make a difference.  Be sure the plant is in a direct sun window.  The leaves should be a little reddish.  If they are pure green it needs more sun.  

This plant is also a good candidate to put outside during the summer.  They can do very well hanging under a small tree to give it intermittent dappled sun.  (Sun indoors in a window is much weaker than outside, so some shade outdoors is needed.)  It should love your hot humid Georgia summers.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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