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    **sigh** i think i figured it out

    My N. Madagascariensis refused to succesfully pitcher since i bought it.
    after i moved the pot out today to check on the plant i noticed dozens of tiny insects scuttling all over the soil...i immediately assumed they were mites or something of the sort because of their appearence. however they were black.
    i immediately repotted and washed the plant off and examined it as closely as i could.
    i also checked all of the plants that were around it, and i found nothing else.
    As far as the "second growth point" goes
    it was a whole different plant.
    which means i have 2 Madagascariensis. im pretty excited about that.
    hopefully now that it is in better soil, and without any pests it will pitcher.
    ive got my temps in the mid 70s over night and near 80 durring the day finally.

    edit:the insects/arachnids w.e they were, were also on the base of the plant.

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    I doubt the soil surface bug critters have anything to do with non-pitchering.
    how would they cause it?? they couldnt..
    those little black bugs are common..they dont hurt anything, and you wont get rid of them.

    99% of the time if a nep isnt pitchering, its because it doesnt have enought light.

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    i said i saw them scuttling around on the soil surface
    i saw them gathering at the base of the nep as well
    why else would i wash the plant off?
    i wouldnt have wasted me time.
    sorry if i sound a bit snappy.

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    You may want to check the humidity as well if it isn't pitchering.
    I don't want EVERY Sarracenia, just everyone that I see!!
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    N. madagascariensis is a pain in the rear to get to grow. I don't know what exactly its problem is, but of the 6 times I've tried it, absolutely nothing. I've given up on the species.It seems no one really has a good specimen of it in their possession, I've only heard stories and seen photos of it in the wild and I think of 2 plants in notable possession. Don't feel bad Sir Kristoff, its just one of those plants thats not cooperative!

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    I have little bugs in most of my soils as well (except for U. Sandersonii...wonder why? )

    They are little tiny things, they're been there for months, but they seem to cause absolutly no harm, maybe they could be the same thing?

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    yes, i usually see springtails and such in many of my pots.
    but these were not springtails, i know that for sure.
    and ive had this madagascar for about 3 months now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CP_dude View Post
    I have little bugs in most of my soils as well (except for U. Sandersonii...wonder why? )
    Try putting some plugs of Utricularia in your pots. Problem solved, apparently.

    xvart.
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