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    Here are some pics of my Drosera aliciae that is not in the heathiest shape. As you can see the leaves turn black and do not open properly on many of the plants, but on one it looks just as happy and healthy as can be. the links below are the full sized photos in order of the ones posted here. Anyone have any ideas what is causing this?

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    They look a bit pale (unless they are the pale form). How much light and humidity do you give them? What are they growing in and how moist is it? We need to know your conditions mate! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    Good luck!

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    A similar fate happened to one of my D. aliciae. Turned out (in my case) to be a root fungus. Myself, I pulled out the 'dew, dipped the root in Rootone with fungicide, and replanted. 18 years later, the plant is well and a prolific seeder. Cannot say if yours is fungus related, but if your worried, take leaf cuttings, pull the plant, and "dip" it. One way or the other, you will have survivors.



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    I think it may be humidity related, as I have several aliciae. The ones that are in lower humidity look similarly "burned." The ones that I have in open-topped pretzel jugs (mini terraria) look fantastic. They are under the same light, temps, media and watering regements, so humidity is the only differentiating factor.
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    Some S. Africans are prone to a fungus that makes the leaves look reddened and dewless. The new leaves look like they are rotting. The dew I see looks good-could it be too humid?
    Amori is right-they do look pale. I would have guessed they were D. hamiltonii if I had to guess a species.

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    I have some spats that are doing the same thing. I already lost 1/3 of them. Humidity here is not an issue. I grow them in the open tray method.
    Root fungus might be the culprit. Some of the smaller plants got all fungused out and I pulled them out.
    I haven't had any luck with leaf cuttings so far.... how do you guys do it?
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    I keep my cuttings in moderate light (indirect light on a windowsill), cut tips in LFS, and kept cool (this also seems to work with Mex Pings). I discovered this by accident and laziness when I plunked a few cuttings in my highland Nep set up. Those in warmer conditions turned to sludge within a few days.
    As with my D. aliciae itself, I tend not to keep the substrate very wet, and haven't had any problems as of yet. Also, I give my plants so much light that they turn a deep red, with dark maroon tentacles.
    Good luck!
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