I wanted to hold off seeking help to see if they would recover by themselves first, but things aren’t looking up and I am now pretty confused. This is regarding my two S. ‘Judith Hindle’ clones.
I got them last year in the fall and they did fine. They went into dormancy and came out with no problems. This spring they seemed normal, throwing up a couple of good sized pitchers (bigger than last year).
Over the last couple of weeks they’ve been acting strangely. At first, I thought they were just transitioning into a phyllodia producing mode because they are half S. leucophylla and because summer was underway (leucos make phyllodia in the summer). However, even though they did make some normal phyllodia, most of their current growth is now very strange. It’s very thick, almost like succulent leaves, curved, and deformed.
While throwing up these thick and twisted leaves, both plants decided to make some normal looking pitchers and then some more abnormal growth and then normal pitchers again! I don’t know what to think!
I haven’t seen evidence of pests. No aphids, spider mites, or mealy bugs. The rhizomes are nice and firm, and like I said, continue to make new growth. Both clones are in different pots, have multiple growth points, and are in close proximity to all my other Sarrs and other CPs. All my other ones (an oreo, multiple purps, an S. x wrigleyana, and others) are growing just fine. All are under full sun, get top watered daily, and are in large enough pots with a proper CP growing mix.
Here are some pictures:
The ones on the left were made in early spring. The one on the right just opened a couple of days ago after it made the funky growth.
There are two of the biggest rhizomes. No evidence of pests and both are making new leaves, some strange and some normal.
Here is some of the strange growth:
Very thick almost succulent leaf:
And in the midst off all the strange growth, it is also making this normal looking pitcher:
Do any of you have any ideas as to what is going on or suggestions on what to do to find out what is going on?
Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!