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    Heli pitchers overfed?

    I just had to remove two pitchers from my H.heterodoxa x minor because the base of the pitchers turned brown and dead, and I'm curious of this is due to overfeeding like it is in Sarracenia. The plant had recently captured several box elder bug that were in the growchamber, and the pitchers with no prey seem unaffected. This is a rather annoying issue considering that helis don't exactly grow at warp speed, and my plant will never get very big if it keeps losing pitchers so quickly. Has anyone seen this before, and is it normal?

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    I think you should stick to smaller bugs because I've done that too and I think it was from overfeeding

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    Quote Originally Posted by thez_yo View Post
    I think you should stick to smaller bugs because I've done that too and I think it was from overfeeding
    Hmm....my plants are catching them on their own, so they are eating themselves to death, gonna have to give them gastric bypass surgery or something......
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    Shove em full of cotton balls like Sarr growers?

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    I dont want to scare ya, but watch it carefully.... pitchers browning (and mushy sorta) from the base can be the first indications of sudden heli death (my own term for it)

    if it is SHD, the only hope is drastic.... dig it up, cut the infected away, soak in trichoderma and replant in new substrate.

    now dont freak.... just watch for spreading, long term heli growers know this disease well

    I stopped having issues with this disease when I started using trich, but YMMV....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    I dont want to scare ya, but watch it carefully.... pitchers browning (and mushy sorta) from the base can be the first indications of sudden heli death (my own term for it)

    if it is SHD, the only hope is drastic.... dig it up, cut the infected away, soak in trichoderma and replant in new substrate.

    now dont freak.... just watch for spreading, long term heli growers know this disease well
    Ok....good news is that it's been sending up new growth right along and has been growing rather fast (for a heli), so hopefully it is just overfeeding...but I'll keep an eye on it.

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    Shove em full of cotton balls like Sarr growers?
    They do that?!?
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    I found it was possible to overfeed ceph pitchers. And i see all my sarracenia seem to haev acid reflux or heartburn from over eating this spring. I don't see why helis would be any different.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kulamauiman View Post
    I found it was possible to overfeed ceph pitchers. And i see all my sarracenia seem to haev acid reflux or heartburn from over eating this spring. I don't see why helis would be any different.....
    Yeah..that's what I though...and it never seems to happen to pitchers that haven't eaten...so I kinda had that idea as well.
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