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    well i have this n. amp for a while now and it used to pitcher her and there about 3 months ago. now i have it in my greenhouse, about 65-75% humidity. i have tap water that sits out for about a week and i use that on all of my neps, most of them seem to be doing fine with it except for my rafflesiana. do you think it is the water i am using.? it is still growing, slowly and no pitchers are showing.

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    i will post a pic of it soon.

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    Leaving it sitting out will just let the Chlorine evaporate. Any minerals and elements in the water will still be there, and in fact if you do not replace any water that evaporates with RO/DI/rainwater it will auctually concentrate the PPM of everything in original water.

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    Need alot more information..

    Is the N. ampullaria still growing fine just not pitchering? What do you mean by 'doing fine'? Healthy green leaves as large at least as the previous ones?

    What do you mean when you say the N. rafflesiana doesn't appear to be doing well? Just slow growth and no pitchers? What do the new leaves look like compared to the old ones?

    What do you mean by greenhouse?

    What are the day and night temperatures?

    What kind of light and how much?

    Slowed growth and lack of new pitchers for lowland Nepenthes during the Winter is not unusual, unless you happen live in the tropics or have a tropical growth chamber or greenhouse to house them. Generally speaking though the new leaves should look healthy and green and not be significantly smaller. The pictures will help. But be sure to include as much information as possible to give folks the necessary details in assessing the situation.

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    well the leaves are about half the size of what they used to be. the growth has slowed down alot, it still has green leaves but it barley even grows.
    so you think the water im using is a bad sign.?

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    bad water is my diagnosis. repot, carefully. those roots are already hurting, and if you dont grow a TON of plants, go out and get wholesale flats of aquafina water. they cost like $7, and one flat will last me a month, they usually have 24 bottles of water in them. i have one very large terrarium, and RO just seems excessive at this point.

    i cant vouch for any other bottled water though. keep this in mind. a lot of time they add, as they call it, "trace amounts of salt to improve taste". trace amounts is too much.

    plus, you can make sculptures out of the hundreds of plastic bottles you'll have lying around...
    if i were ruler of the world, anyone who defined a nepenthene as a "companion plant" to orchids would be fired from a cannon atop mt. kinabalu.

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    I doubt it's the water, Nepenthes are quite tolerant to hard water, but you haven't answered a fraction of the questions I asked so it's hard to say for sure. What is it potted in and how often do you water? Slow and hardly growing with smaller leaves sounds like it's too cold and/or has a root problem from being kept too wet.


    Meaven why don't you get the 1gallon jugs of distilled water from the grocery store or walmart? It would be alot cheaper than bottled drinking water? Which often is loaded with minerals as well.

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    Im going to vouch that it sounds too wet to me. I know people say its a "swamp" species but really, most all Nepenthes should be kept moist, never soaking, unless of course their soil has a tendency to dry out fast, or it is a very large plant that requires much water. I had an N. bicalcarata that would take tray water every other day, of course it had pitchers the size of grapefruit on it and was about 3 feet across.

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