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    Ephippiata Looking Sad

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    As you can see, my N. ephippiata's new leaves are much smaller than the ones it used to make. I repotted it around a month ago, is it just transplant shock? If you look closely, you'll see the new pitchers are somewhat cracked open, but clearly not very developed. This was my first nep, so I'd rather not lose it.

    Jason

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    Let me first start by stating I am not an expert. Now that we got that out of the way....

    Sorry to hear that DrWurm. Ephippiata is one of my favorites. I don't know why. I have had one for about 6 months and have had no trouble with mine. It pitchers abundantly and it has actually been one of my easiest growers so far, but I do baby it.

    What kind of soil is it in? It looks a litle water logged and/or rotted.

    I grow mine with typical highland conditions in a very airy mix of orchid bark and perlite with just a pinch or two of peat. I then have a top coat of LFS. I have had to trim the LFS a few times. I have found that mine likes alot of light. I have it growing under 2 4ft tubes about 10 inches above the plant. I mist the LFS to insure it is moist so it doesn't dry out and give the pot a good watering about once a week.

    Here is a pic or two of mine... (haven't figured out embedding yet on this site. Maybe it doesn't allow embedding from my source below?)

    http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/uploa..._179_47906.jpg

    http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/uploa..._179_13665.jpg

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    Has anything else in your environment changed dramatically recently? Did you put it in a similar potting mixture? Although smaller, the new leaves still look healthy. I've had several Nepenthes that have done the same thing (with dramatically smaller leaves) and they have kept chugging.

    N. ephippiata is a great plant; and I hope it pulls through. I'm sure it will.

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    Smaller leaves than usual can be a sign that the plant isn't getting a great enough night temperature drop.
    Do you think that could be your problem?
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dashman View Post
    Here is a pic or two of mine... (haven't figured out embedding yet on this site. Maybe it doesn't allow embedding from my source below?)

    http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/uploa..._179_47906.jpg

    http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/uploa..._179_13665.jpg
    Those links didn't work for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by xvart View Post
    Has anything else in your environment changed dramatically recently? Did you put it in a similar potting mixture?
    I repotted it out of what was mainly a peat/ perlite mixture, which is what it came in, to a peat/perlite/sand/LFS mixture. It stays pretty moist, but it's rather airy. Recently, I did upgrade to a T8 fixture with much more light output. That's about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theyellowdart View Post
    Smaller leaves than usual can be a sign that the plant isn't getting a great enough night temperature drop.
    Do you think that could be your problem?
    I don't really think so. The lights put out enough heat to raise the ambient temperature during the day, and at night I leave the windows open, so the temps fall to the mid-60s. So far, every single other nep I have is thriving.

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    Hope this works...


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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWurm View Post
    Recently, I did upgrade to a T8 fixture with much more light output. That's about it.
    That might be it. With more light, the plant doesn't need as much surface area for photosynthesis. If there is a lot more light, which you suggest, that could be why the leaves are dramatically smaller.

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