I'm sorry if this question has been asked before, but I've looked through about 20 pages of the forum and haven't found an answer yet.
It is spring and my pitcher plan container bogs are coming out of dormancy quite nicely, with one disturbing exception - my s. leucophylla. For some reason, the plant sends up pitchers, but the tips never develop. The first one to come up has just become a stunted, twisted thing, the second seems to have dried up and burnt at the tip, and the third is just black at the tip. A similar thing happened last year with some of the picthers on this particular plant but not all of them.
The plants are kept outside on a mid-rise patio. They get around 7 to 8 hours of sun a day, and are watered by the tray method wherein their container is in a cat litter box that allows them to dry out completely before rewatering. I'm in Atlanta, so the water is fine for these type of plants. It's windy out there, but this hasn't harmed them before.
I thought the first could have been deformed by aphids (which were on its bud but have since been killed with Orthene treatment), but I'm stumped about the second and the third. It's been very dry here, so perhaps the one that looks burnt is burnt.
Any ideas? Fungus? Residual aphid damage?
Thanks in advance for your help.
The first, potentially aphid-damaged one, is on the left. The second "burnt" one is on the right.
This is the second one, which I took inside to photograph because it was so windy out today and the thing wouldn't be still.