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Thread: my N.ventricosa... WHY?

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    Unhappy my N.ventricosa... WHY?

    I have a common N.ventricosa (red) that I’ve grown for a year now.

    It produces pitchers and leaves readily and grows in the same light and conditions as my other Neps.

    The problem I have with it is that its leaves are always this sickly pale-yellow-green color and are never really a healthy green as of my other Neps.

    I realize that they’re all different species but I have seen pics of other TerraForums’ N.ventricosa and their leaves always seem to be a rich, healthy green.

    So why are my N.ventricosa’s leaves so darn yellow??

    Is this common for N.ventricosa?

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    Hrmmm, perhaps it is some sort of mineral deficiency? I know other types of plants will show the same symptoms when they are low on nitrogen. The newest leaves come out green and then fade to a yellowish color.

    Do you fertilize your plants at all? Ventricosa seems like it grows and pitchers real fast, so this might be an issue of it not getting enough nutrients fast enough to keep up with this growth. This is of course just speculation, but fertilizing Neps is not a bad idea either way. Perhaps a more experienced grower can determine your problem though.
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    Hmmm...

    That's a thought I suppose. All that I "feed" it is dried blood worms. Perhaps there's not enough nutrients in them to suffice.
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    Definitely could use some good organic fertilizer through the soil.

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    Mineral deficiency.
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    i thought cps liked mineral free water.
    would osmocote work for mineral defiency my plants are healthy and grow nicely for me but there leaves are yellow.
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    osmicote should be fine for micronutrients too. Even carnivorous need nutrients. Just have to be carefull not to give them too much through the roots, but some is a good things. Osmocote or even the off brands that have the same stuff in them is good. Just make sure to flush the pots regularly.
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    well I use the coco husk media and I have had no problems with it decomposing.
    I heard that it turns to sludge at the bottom of the pots sO i wouldn't fertilize the soil I would try dropping a osmocote pellet into a pitcher.
    I could try it on my ventricosa that reminds me I should go take pictures of my ventricosa.
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