Nepenthes ventricosa is a variable species, easy to grow in a windowsill or terrarium, and an ideal beginner’s Nepenthes. It’s an intermediate-to-highland species growing around 2000 meters above sea level in the Philippines. Generally, highland species prefer daytime temperatures in the 70s°F (24°C) and evening temperature drops into the 50s and 60s°F (10-16C) (do avoid frost as it will damage or kill highland plants). N. ventricosa, however, is a pretty forgiving plant and will do well even with milder temperature swings.
Nepenthes ventricosa remains fairly compact, with narrow, shorter leaves, medium-length tendrils, and plump, meaty pitchers. Stems branch and scramble, and frequently sprout basal shoots. All of these factors eventually adds up to a small carnivorous bush, dozens of pitchers, and one heck of a display.