Hi All, I've been dealing with an issue for a good bit now and I think one of the two of my D.Spatula plants has just about bit the dust:
First of all my setup:
Lights: Agrobrite 4 bulb/2 foot T5 HO (Amazon.com : Agrobrite T5, FLT28, 2 Foot, 8-Tube Fixture with Included Fluorescent Grow Lights : Plant Growing Light Fixtures : Patio, Lawn & Garden) specifically
Trays: 1.5 Inch tall trays filled with always RO distilled water (Sometimes it'll maybe get down to about an inch but in general I keep it filled up)
Media: equal parts peat moss and perlite (From Sarracenia Northwest)
Pots: Plastic 5.5" square pots (Possibly too tall? unlikely though IMO)
Temp: 75~ during the day (with the lights on), 69~ at night.
Humidity: Hovers from 39-49 usually (It should be adapted however as it's been here about 5-6 months)
Here is a picture: Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet (This picture is actually slightly old, maybe 2 weeks old) but essentially the lower plant is looking ok but the one above it is basically completely gone (it looks completely dead besides a few fibers coming from the middle). They both (When I took this picture) seemed to be lacking dew and I couldn't tell why.....then they both declined what seemed to be rapidly. Im not even sure what could've caused it either. (And nothing really changed)
I mean it seems it should have perfect conditions? I use ONLY RO distilled water. I've been top watering too....I also keep the tray always filled (1.5 inches of water to the 5.5 inch pots).
Do the leaves look burnt? they are bright red so they should be getting plenty of light. I have a cape sundew in the exact same setup and it is flourishing like crazy. Im not sure what burnt leaves look like but the temp hovers around 75 with the lights around 8 inches above the plants.
I've had suggestions that maybe it's not getting enough air? The soil is only 5-6 months old but I do keep the tray filled constantly......which is what I was always told to do? With sundews should I be letting the tray maybe dry out first then fill it back up?
I've accepted it's "probably" dead, but I'd like to figure out what could be causing the issue so I can fix whats going wrong.