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    If its dead, cut it off.

    Is it just the tendril dying or is the leaf tip turning black too.

    Pictures always help too.
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    Here are pics of mine.





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    They are slowly and painfully killing you.....did you know that?

    How brainwashed are you?

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    Victoria: its just adjusting. your next new leaf shouldn't do that...at least mine didnt after about 2 or 3 leaves. but then it may take still longer to make a pitcher. the first one is more of what i saw.... the bottom one is different. what media is it in? how are you watering it?
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    I have them in Spagnum (sp?) Peat Moss and I water from the top very slowly so it doesnt disturb anything. I hope it is just adjusting, I am about to start a Nepenthes collection but I want to make sure they will do good for me. Any tips and advice will be greatly appreciated!
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    id stay away from peat moss. go to lowes and they should have Chilean Sphagnum moss for sale. its dried so all you need to do is get it wet. it is much more airy than peat moss.
    the materials i would stick to with nepenthes would be:
    Long Fibred Sphagnum moss(New Zealand, Chilean, American)
    Perilite
    Sand(washed and not river sand. play sand OK)
    Orchid bark(its called pine mulch or pine bark in lowes and homedepot. get the smallest size)
    Coconut Bark
    Coco Fiber or osmunda fiber
    i guess you can use peat. but you have to use VERY little. peat compacts very easily and can smother the roots. you want them to "breath" as much as possible. hope this helps
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    If I remember correctly (it's been a while since I made up a batch) I use a mix of sand, perlite, long fibered sphagnum, orchid bark, and a bit of peat to hold it all together. My neps seem to love it.
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    Sand compacts worse than peat. It's no good for Nep-mix..
    Peat's good for Low Landers, some of my mixes have quite a bit in it and the plant's obviously happy!
    And I use Volcanic Rocks I wash out to open up my mixes a bit as well.
    Victoria, the best thing to do is to read up on where the plants you have grow in nature and the substrate they're found in. Plus books like Peter D'Amato's and Barry Rice's and Adrian Slack's are all very helpful.

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    No one has mentioned water quality as a possible problem.
    Water that is from a water softener and not RO filtered will cause Nepenthes tips to blacken, just as too much fertilizer will.
    Excess salts can build up in the leaf tip, causing it to burn, and then fungus sets in.

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