I'm Jean from Singapore and recently I brought a nepenthes from one the jurong pasar malam which cost me S$3 only. *Although it's very tiny and seem to be very unhealty as it's getting dark brown on the nepenthes but I'm still trying my best to save it.
Can anyone there help me to save it? I only get to know that it's need sunlight to grow from this website but I think it's too late as the most of the leaves are getting black now.
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Welcome to CP.
When Nep is under stress/shock (environmental change, too hot/cold, too wet/dry, root disturbances) their leaves turn black, hopefully not root rot.
Move your Nep to a shaded (can be under FL light, but not darkness) and cool location and keep the substrate moist and air humid but not too damp (some ventilation is required). Attached a photo to show how I set up a sick bay to rescue my Nep. For the time being do not repot yet, if you could show me a photo of your Nep it will help me to help you.
Check the base of the stem (near to the soil). If the stem has turned black, then it's root rot and we cannot do anything about it (since the plant is small, otherwise we could have taken a stem cutting).
But if the stem seems green and healthy, don't give it up. I agree with jalan kayu about ventilation...it needs to be a bright (not direct sun), open area...otherwise, it will only rot faster.
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I have attach the picture of my poor tiny Nep and mark it with a square and circle.
The circle image show the darken on all the opening of the nep and the square image shown the nep that had no hope for it. *So what shld I do?
Your plant looks exactly like the ones I saw at a nursery. The soil contains slow-release fertiliser which is a no-no for nepenthes. It may be the fertiliser that is causing the pitcher to turn brown/black sooner than it should.
Check that the leaves remain green for another week and more. Water your nep from the top and pour away excess water so that you remove some of the fertiliser. Once the plant grows steadily (with or without pitchers), you can repot it into sphagnum peat moss or sphagnum moss.
Check the centre where the new leaf is growing from, is it black too?
Older pitchers turn brown/black before the leaves turn brown/black. This happens just like in every plant as the leaves grow old.
Sadly to say that yes the centre of the leave are turing black slowly too and from what I see is that IT DO NOT GROW NEW LEAVES OUT!!![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] * . *Do you think I shld remove all the white litle things which seem to be the fertiliser and start to repot it inorder to save it now?
Btw, which is the best CP's that a new starter shld get for a start? *Lastly shld I cut off the leaves that are dead? *
Hi Jean, I'm sorry to hear about your plant. I suspect that your poor nepenthes has root rot as Cindy suggested earlier. If there are no new leaves and the leaves and stem are going black then sadly I don't think repotting it will help. Once the stem base is affected there isn't much you can do.If however it is only the parts of the leaves nearest the pitcher, and the stem is not black then there may be a chance. Whether repotting will cause more stress and damage is very difficult to say. Maybe as Cindy suggests, try flushing out the fertiliser each time you water.
Good luck, Neil.
The white stuff is not fertiliser, more likely to be perlite (an organic rock-like material, quite harmless to CPs). The fertiliser is in the little yellow balls.
Keep your fingers crossed. Root rot is one thing all nep keepers fear...look carefully where the black starts from. Is it the tip of the leaf and slowly moving towards the centre? Or it started from the centre and moving out to the tip of the leaf?
If it's the latter, then it's root rot. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
Otherwise, keep it drier than before. Sometimes, too much water staying around the growing tip causes it to rot. Especially with our high humidity and warm weather.
Thanks for all the advise and I had a closer look at my Nep now. *If I'm not wrong, the rot is going to rot as the darken colour start from the inter part of the leaves.
If there's no hope for this I will be trying to buy another pot of VFT to try out and I will not give up hope on trying!
I maybe just unlucky to buy an unhealty one cos I'm lack of experience... Right? (Hee *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] )
Any tips for me of how to choose a good VFT when I'm at FEF?