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Thread: At what point is a nep a lost cause?

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    You know.. it can be tricky with Neps as it seems they can take forever to adjust to minute changes.. but my first instinct with that plant is to move it to a windowsill and see what happens. Its obviously unhappy where it is now so really there is nothing to lose.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chris View Post
    Do you think I should return it to the terrarium as seedjat recommended? I'll look for some superthrive next time I head out.

    I think it would benefit from the humidity back in the terrarium, but if it is too wet, you might want want the windowsill. Did you check the root system? If you have it pure peat, there could be some dryness near the roots or too much water.

    I would continue to search for the problem or perhaps repot into a potting media that suits your conditions.

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    Well, I think I'm going to half the advice from you guys... I'm not gonna put it on the windowsill and I'm not gonna put it in the tank.

    I'll place it on the growshelf. Less humid than the tank, more light than the window sill.

    Dave, the roots seem ok, although I really don't know what I'm looking for. Doesn't seem too wet or too dry.

    You mentioned that I should trim some of the lower leaves... what is the purpose of that? I would have thought that the more leaves that remain, the more light it can take in...

    Also, anyone able to match neps in the pics above to the names I provided? I'm kicking myself for throwing out the labels before I learned which was which...

    live and learn I guess...

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris View Post
    You mentioned that I should trim some of the lower leaves... what is the purpose of that? I would have thought that the more leaves that remain, the more light it can take in...
    Roots that are not too dry or too wet is what you want.

    Leaves do take in more more light, but the plant also uses that energy to keep those leaves working. More leaves means more water is necessary to distribute to the leaves and I think that may be part of your problem. If the roots are inadequate to support all the leaves, I think a nep looks like the one you have. Perhaps someone else can give a better explanation. When you take cuttings, you trim back some of the leaves so that more energy can be spent by the plant to establish a root system.

    In all likelihood, your plant is just stressed from shipping/change in environent and is taking longer to settle in. Your plant is far from dying in my view.

    On the IDs, it will become clear as the plants age and they start to put out adult pitchers.

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    I'd put it in the tank, you've got so much room!


    For starters I'd repot them. Get yourself some perlite, LFS, and fir bark. My recipe is a third of each but some people do pure LFS or 50/50 LFS/perlite and it goes on and on. Light and airy and water retentive is whatcha want. Don't sit them in water.

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    As you know I'm a noob, so I was wondering what LFS stands for.

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    Long Fiber Sphagnum

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    I agree with using an airier medium. I have had neps look like that from being waterlogged - root rot.

    As for IDs, I am not expert, but I would venture to guess that the first looks like Judith Finn, the second is madagascariensis, the third ones leaves look like it has some truncata mixed in, but the pitcher looks like coccinea, and the last is probably the ventricosa.

    Hope this helps, I am sure will get plenty more help, we'll see how my ID s hold up.

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