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Thread: Myrmecodia tuberosa eaten :(

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    Myrmecodia tuberosa eaten :(

    Ugh I'm so disappointed. I just got this baby ant plant last week and this morning I came out to find the bulb is completely eaten and only the leaves are remaining.

    I was wondering if any of you have experience growing these and if its possible to somehow get the leaves to make a new bulb? My experience tells me no, but if there's a chance I'll try.

    Also, do you know what could've eaten it? The only two culprits I can think is a rat or a slug. Although I see no slug evidence

    Here's a pic of what's left. There doesn't appear to be any bulb tissue left, just leaves.


    Here's what it looked like prior to becoming dinner.


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    Looks like it was either a mouse or rat that's the culprit. There's bite marks on a few of my Nepenthes near by and the flowers on my one nepenthes have all been eaten up within its reach
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    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but there is absolutely no chance for it to grow a new caudex. I will say that your plant was probably only a few months old and will be easy to replace, even from seed. You probably already know a lot about them, but if you do try to obtain more seed make sure it is fresh and not allowed to dry out--the viability diminishes considerably even one week after the seed has been harvested. They are incredibly easy to start from seed provided you get good seed, however. Looks like you had a great soil mix, too.

    Sorry about the loss!! That sucks.

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    It's ok, I figured as much :/

    There will be rat traps out tonight!

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    Look for the member here Frog. He might could help you out.

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    Definitely not slug damage -- the leaves or tender stem is what they would have gone for.

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    Well here's a four month update. I stuck the top in the same media and I think it might have rooted! I still haven't dug it up to check but the bottom has become much thicker and it doesn't move in the soil easily either. I guess the fact that it's still alive says something

    Here's to hoping it actually lives!

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    They're slow but absurdly easy to grow from seed. If you really want one with a caudex (and who wouldn't?) you could start over with seeds you gather from that plant. Or I could send you a seedling, but it'd be even smaller than your plant.

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