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    Whats wrong with my northiana?

    I have a few northianas, all of which are growing new leaves. One is pitchering too! Ironicially its the smallest one.

    One of my northianas seems to voluntarily fry its leaves at the tips and I'm not sure why. They've all been with me for some time, and the self-frying one has been here growing for a year. This behavior only started 5 months ago.

    Has anyone had this before and is there a way to correct it before the plant croaks?






    Another healthy one that came in December that has put out two new leaves since.

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    I've never grown this species... but what conditions are you growing it in? Where do you live? Since this is a lowlander maybe it could be due to stress during these winter months. It is still odd however, that the tips of the leaves are burning off...
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    Crazy. So you keep them all in the same conditions? And only that one is unhealthy?

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    N. northiana is extremely sensitive to humidity and temperature fluctuation's from what I have found out. I would increase humidity and keep it really toasty. How warm is it during the day and night temperatures? What is the difference? Being a true lowlander, it really shouldn't change much more than 10 degrees. I would say keep it around 80-85F in the day, 70% and higher humidity and drop down to 70-75F at night with naturally occurrence in higher humidity levels.

    I don't believe your plant is going to "croak" just from leaf tip burn, As long as the main growth point doesn't start to wilt or turn black, you should be fine. N. northiana is also very sensitive to root disturbances as well and perhaps this one got a little more rough handling than the others when they were potted up. A severely shocked Nepenthes can take upwards of 6-8 months to fully recover and put out normal colored and formed pitchers.

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    You're absolutely right, Dustin. I imagine the potting process using what appears to be pure lava is much more abrasive than nice, fluffy LFS or even bark!

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    Nepenthes northiana is one of the only shade-loving nepenthes. It is very sensitive to excessive light. If your plants are in bright light, you should shade them a bit, but if they are already in partial shade, the tip-burn is probably caused by something else.

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    I have used lavarock alot in hawaii it is very sharp it works great but I suppose it could upset the nepenthes.

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    Could extra mineral deposits cause this behavior? I see white tips on some of that lava rock.
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