Vendors and Retailers

Many vendors buy their plants from the same growers. For example, Borneo Exotics, Malesiana Tropicals, Exotica Plants, and The Nepenthes Nursery to name a few. That's why many of the exact same Nepenthes are available at the same time from many different vendors. Some vendors will hold onto their Nepenthes for several months to see how the plants adjust from being shipped to them before offering these plants for resale. This minimizes the stress for the Nepenthes and allows the plants to readjust and become more viable. Other vendors may simply receive the plants, and then ship them directly to you, the buyer. This is ONE reason why prices may fluctuate from vendor to vendor. Some Nepenthes adjust fine, while others go into severe stress and die. I prefer to find a vendor who I can talk to personally about the plants I'm buying. This way I can ask questions about their growing conditions, hardiness, etc. Below are vendors whom I've personally purchased plants from. I highly recommend visiting their sites when looking for Nepenthes or other carnivorous plants as well. Developing a good relationship with your vendor is a key factor for ensuring your growing success with Nepenthes!
 

Retail

Native Exotics
Located in New York, Ryan offers Nepenthes from Borneo Exotics, Exotica Plants, Christian Klein, and just about anyone else he can bring in Nepenthes from. He also does his own lab work and will introduce his own clones. Native Exotics does group Exotica orders where Nepenthes are guaranteed if you order through them. Plants are well hardened off before being made available for sale and that definitely cuts down on stress and transplant shock. They sell a lot on Ebay and also do their own website auctions. I also like that Native Exotics will grow out plants and have larger specimens available. Plants are delivered promptly and carefully to minimize any damage. They ship their plants potted up and not bare root unless it is an Exotica Plants import. Then the plants are imported and sent bare root to the buyer. Native Exotics has the best selection of Nepenthes in the US for retail (in my opinion) currently. Ryan will communicate quickly if there's any issue or a person is looking for a specific plant. One of the best places on the internet to buy Nepenthes.

California Carnivores
Peter D'Amato is the grower and he operates his nursery out of Sebastopol just north of San Francisco. His retail nursery is open yearround for anyone that wants to visit. Peter is a legend in the carnivorous plant community with years of growing experience. I think I can personally blame California Carnivores for getting me addicted to Nepenthes! They have a great selection of just about every genus of carnivorous plants. Especially Sarracenias, Sundews, Ping's, and of course Venus Fly Traps. They are always willing to answer any questions. Peter's book "The Savage Garden" is must read for any CP enthusiast. They ship their plants in pots or bare root that are well protected with tape, lots of it, and cup covers to minimize damage and ship weekly as well. Some plants may not be listed on the website but available at their retail nursery. So ask for species availability if you are looking for something special.

Cook's Carnivorous Plants
Dean Cook operates his site out of Oregon. Dean offers a wide variety of ALL types of carnivorous plants. Sarracenias, Drosera, Pinguiculas, flytraps, and more! The Nepenthes I buy from Dean are shipped in plastic bags bare root or in pots. The majority of his Nepenthes stock is Borneo Exotics plants that is usually sold on Ebay. Lately he has been offering some rooted cuttings from stock plants, too. Plants always arrive quickly and within the week. He responds quickly to email which is great!

The Nepenthes Nursery
Andreas Wistuba runs this nursery from Germany. He has a wide selection of Nepenthes species and Heliamphora and is well regarded as a leader of introducing new Nepenthes species into tissue culture. His Nepenthes are from tissue culture with only a few clones available for each species. Sometimes there's only 1 clone to choose from. Plants are small, size 1 and 2's, and not as well hardened off as other wholesaler's Nepenthes. At times, the Nepenthes Nursery is the first at introducing a new species into cultivation that isn't available from the other wholesalers. Plants are ordered from his website and then made available from his distributor in Georgia. Permits are not needed for import because his distributor takes care of that information. Usually new stock becomes available in spring for purchase. Arrival can take weeks to months depending on availability.

Colorado Carnivorous Plant Society
Jeremiah Harris operates his nursery out of Colorado. He's the distributor for Leilani Hapu'u Nursery but sells plants separately from his own stock. Jeremiah offers seed grown Nepenthes (usually species from seed he has collected) from different areas where the Nepenthes grow in the wild. Many of his offerings are done on Ebay and are of rare species not often widely available in cultivation. His plants are always well packaged and delivered quickly and carefully. I also like the once in a while Jeremiah will toss in the "bonus plant" for repeat customers. Generally, Jeremiah is not an importer of Borneo Exotics or Exotica Plants like other nurseries. He does his own growing and cultivating and that makes his stock very desirable. A great seller!

Predatory Plants
Joshua Brown operates this carnivorous website out of northern California. He sells many varieties of carnivorous plants but Nepenthes seem to be the main focus. Most of his stock is Borneo Exotics Nepenthes that he hardens off before retail. The rarer specimens can be purchased on Ebay from time to time. Plants are delivered quickly and are well packaged to avoid damage. Predatory Plants does offer some of their own hybridized specimens, too. An excellent source for Nepenthes.

Carnivero
Located in Texas Drew is importing Nepenthes from Exotica Plants and Borneo Exotics primarily. The nursery offers larger specimen Nepenthes as well as some rarer plants grown out from his collection. They also offer Venus flytraps, Sarracenia, Heliamphora, sundews, and other types of carnivorous plants, too. His plants are well hardened off and packaged carefully and of excellent quality. Look for some of the rarer stuff on Ebay auctions from time to time. 

Sunbelle Exotics

Located in South Florida, Sunbelle Exotics is a small specialty nursery offering mainly Nepenthes, Sarracenias, orchids, and other exotic plants. They have a private collection they periodically take cuttings from. They update their site when they receive new plants and / or have cuttings available so inquiry for their latest catalogue list if you're looking for certain plants. Michelle and Trent respond quickly to email. The plants I've purchased from them are shipped in baggies with the soil surrounding the rootball. They are great folks that take great pride in their plants. Often, they have plants available but not listed. So don't hesitate to email them. Trent and Michelle are some of the best people you'll ever deal with when talking or ordering Nepenthes. I can't say enough how valuable and kind they've been to me.

Pet Flytrap
Located in Texas, Mike Howlett imports Nepenthes from Borneo Exotics, Exotica Plants, and Malesiana Tropicals. They're increasing their stock which includes many of the latest releases from Borneo Exotics. Nepenthes are shipped potted and covered with plastic cups or big bags for the larger plants. Mike does respond to email and is available to answer questions as well. If any problems should occur, Mike will resolve them fairly. Pet Flytrap also carries other carnivorous plants like Sarracenia, Flytraps, sundews, and Pinguiculas. Shipping is quick and plants arrive in good shape. 

Leilani Hapu'u Nursery (retail)

Located in Hawaii this nursery is producing their own hybrids, seed grown species, and rooted cuttings. Leilani's Nepenthes are being sold commercially through Jeremiah Harris in a partnership. Jeremiah also runs the Colorado Carnivorous Plant Society and is an excellent grower. Leilani's Nepenthes have always been good size and very vigorous and healthy upon arrival. And with Jeremiah's experience, there should be some very exciting Nepenthes becoming available soon.

Black Jungle 
Located in Massachusetts this website offers Nepenthes, carnivorous plants, terrarium supplies, and much, much, more. They are a distributor for Borneo Exotics and others. They have a phone number on the website for ordering information. I have never spoken to the owners personally about growing techniques and / or questions. They do respond to email however. Plants are shipped in pots with their own soil mix which is currently a cedar mulch. Orders are quickly processed and shipped immediately.  I have only recently bought a few plants from them, but they arrived quickly and in good shape. If you order from Equilibrio, expect the identical plants, soil mix, and packaging. I believe Black Jungle and Equilibrio are under the same ownership. Prices were very reasonable but shipping was slightly higher than other vendors.

Cascade Carnivores
Located in Washington, they have Nepenthes as well as many other varieties of carnivorous plants. It appears that they sell Nepenthes from Borneo Exotics primarily. Most of the Nepenthes are the small to medium offerings imported from Borneo Exotics. However, the plants may be bigger than what's listed on the website. The Nepenthes I purchased from Ron were well hardened and packed very well for shipping. He ships bare root with plenty of moist sphagnum to protect the roots during shipping. Ron responds quickly to emails and ships within the week of ordering.

Sarracenia Northwest or "Cobraplant.com"
Located in Oregon, they have Nepenthes as well as many other varieties of carnivorous plants. It appears that they sell Nepenthes from Borneo Exotics and some exclusive offerings from the Leilani Hapu'u Nursery in Hawaii. I have only purchased a few plants from them. The plants arrived quickly, healthy, and very well packed. They also responded quickly to my emails as well.


 Wholesale
(Permits are generally needed to import into the U.S.)

Exotica Plants
Located in Australia, many retailers and collectors buy their plants from them in quantity or individually. They produce some of the best hybrids in the world as well as offering some species from seed or rooted cuttings from stock plants. Almost all of their plants are from seed and not tissue culture and that makes their Nepenthes unique and sought after. Exotica's plants are larger than most other imports, well hardened and established, and have very little shock from importation. Because of this, their plants tend to be more expensive than other wholesaler's Nepenthes. The upside is that their Nepenthes are generally "bulletproof" and acclimate very quickly eliminating plant loss. Since almost all of their plants are seed grown, their availability is fleeting. Remakes of their hybrids may not occur for years thus limiting specimens to rooted cuttings Exotica takes from their stock plants. Many of their hybrids end up on Ebay fetching very high prices. Their site is also an excellent source of Nepenthes photos and information.

Borneo Exotics  (pricelist)
Rob Cantley operates this nursery out of Borneo. Borneo Exotics has the widest variety of Nepenthes species of all the major wholesalers in the world and has recently been producing many different hybrid crosses as well.  The majority of BE's Nepenthes are from tissue culture or microprop. Some Nepenthes only have a few clones thus limiting the uniqueness of the plants. However, being able to produce Nepenthes this way allows for continual availability and lower cost to the grower or importer. BE does offer seed grown species and hybrids usually as "first run" Nepenthes before they make it into microprop. BE is definitely the world leader introducing new species of Nepenthes into cultivation. Most of the retailers in the US sell Borneo Exotics Nepenthes.

Malesiana Tropicals
Located in Malesiana, this distributor is mainly a wholesale operation. They offer mainly species and some hybrids that are tissue cultured. I don't think I've seen any seed grown Nepenthes available from them. Lately they've been offering more Nepenthes for wholesale than they had available in the past. Of the major wholesalers, Malesiana's plants seem to be the least available in the US.

Leilani Hapu'u Nursery 
Located in Hawaii this nursery is producing their own hybrids and other seed grown species as well as rooted cuttings.  Their plants are all from seed and not from tissue culture making every plant a unique specimen. Nepenthes are well hardened from the nursery and of good size compared to other wholesalers. Since they're located in the US, permits are not needed to import within the United States (See the retail section above). The nursery website has forums and plenty of other information about Nepenthes and Leilani's Nepenthes.

 

Other Vendors
(These are sites I have visited that deal with Nepenthes.  I have  little to no experience purchasing any of their plants.)

Captive Exotics
Rod Kruger operates this nursery out of Australia. He has a nice selection of Nepenthes for retail. Only recently is he shipping to the US. He responds to email quickly as well. I use his site as a resource for photos and information. I haven't personally bought any plants from him yet.

Triffid Park
Located in Australia they have Nepenthes and a lot of Venus Fly Traps, Sarracenias, Sundews, Pinguiculas, and other carnivorous plants as well. They distribute to the US provided the buyer has appropriate import permits. I have never purchased any of their plants. Tony Paroubek (Exotic Plants Plus) and some other vendors buy and sell Triffid Park plants.

Carnivorsandmore.de or "Christian Klein"
Located in Europe, Christian Klein produces very nice hybrids and has Nepenthes unavailable in the U.S. I have never purchased or grown any of his Nepenthes but his plants do show up in the Nepenthes forums and are really nice. I don't know if he ships to the U.S. and what permits are necessary IF he does.

Districarnivores
Located in France, Fabrice is selling Nepenthes from Borneo Exotics and doing some in vitro culture as well. He tells me that when he imports his plants, he hardens then off for a few months before making them available for purchase. Plants are shipped bareroot with sphagnum moss protecting the roots. I've never purchased any plants through Districarnivores so I have no opinion as to how well cared for his Nepenthes are.

Hawaiian Botanicals
Located in Canada they have a wide variety of tropical plants as well as carnivores. Their Nepenthes are mostly from Borneo Exotics. I have never purchased any plants from them but their selection is pretty good. Permits may be needed to import into the US.

Best Carnivorous Plants
Located in Czech Republic they have a wide variety of carnivorous plants available. They do have some Nepenthes, probably Borneo Exotics plants, listed.
 
Bug Biting Plants
Located in New York they have a wide variety of carnivorous plants available with an emphasis more towards flytraps and other CPs. They do have some Nepenthes available. 

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