AAAAAUUUURRRGGGH!!! Just as I finished typing up this post, I got disconnected from AOL and lost it! Grumble grumble...got to retype it all. Sometimes I just hate AOL... ok....ONE more time....
I have noticed recently that the forks on my binata are turning white. :-( They start turning a pale ghostly white at the tips and then gradually it seems to spread down the forks til both sections are white (stem still green). It looks like they are just fading away. One binata lost half a Y when I tried feeding it a dot of eggwhite. It died right at the spot where the eggwhite was. Soooo...I won't try that again. Live and learn. One small binata fork turned a light brown at the tips but then is turning pale like the others.
I don't know if this is a natural dying off of the stems or if its a light problem, not enough heat, etc. The pertinent information: the plant is only a few months old and about 4" tall (the longest stems) with several smaller ones (one new one just unfurling its fork now). The temperature in the tank hovers around 70-72 degrees (F) and humidity is a pretty steady 80%. I'd like to raise that a bit but will need to get a heat mat. The plant is flowering...I should have cut it off but I didn't. Was hoping for some seed in case this one doesn't make it. Its positioned on the lowest shelf in the tank as it is taller than the other sundews. The lighting is about 2" above the lid. I wouldn't think the flower scape would cause the forks to turn white...? All other sundews in the tank are fine but they are all rosetted ones.
Anyone have any ideas?? Martin? Noah? Anybody who's familiar with d. binata? I don't want to lose it as its the only one I have and I've watched it grow from a mere speck.
Thanks for any help!
BTW...my spathulata caught its first natural bug today! Somehow a large fruitfly got in the tank (???) and when I lifted the lid, it flew out and then dived back in right into a healthy clump of spathulata! The sticky wickedness did its thing and the fruitfly was doomed. So the the spath got a nice little snack. :-)