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    Is this a Parasite on my N. ventricosa? / Should I Trim?

    I decided it's about time to trim off the dead brown leaves on my N. ventricosa. Some leaves are half gone and will never form a pitcher, so I don't know if I should leave those or snip 'em.

    But when looking under the leaves, I found a sort of webbing. And there might be little guys in there, I can't tell.

    What do you think I should do about
    1) the half eaten(or burned?) leaves?
    2) the funk goin' on underneath the leaves (if there's a problem there)?









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    You know, I have the hardest time with ventricosa of all plants!

    That white webbing looks a little thick to be spider or spider mite, and looks more like the leftovers of a caterpillar cocoon. Do some of the leaves look eaten?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thez_yo View Post
    You know, I have the hardest time with ventricosa of all plants!

    That white webbing looks a little thick to be spider or spider mite, and looks more like the leftovers of a caterpillar cocoon. Do some of the leaves look eaten?
    Hard to say. The only time my CPs have been eaten is when a raccoon (I think) shredded some pitchers. Here are some more.







    I had pretty terrible lighting there. You can go to http://timb.akwire.net/gallery2/d/6408-1/IMG_0695.JPG to see it blown up, even though it's still not real clear.

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    Hmm, well the leaf on the left that is half brown in that first and second pic could either be burn or it could be some bug on the underside, or maybe just from hard water? The leaf on the right looks like...it sort of looks like it was mushy where there's a piece that's missing - is it mushy? If you water it enough and the roots and growing tip looks ok, it looks like it's mostly older leaves that look like that, so maybe it just had a bad month when you first got it and now whatever did that is passed.

    Were it my plant, I'd just give each of the leaves a little rinse with water in the morning (maybe scrub that white web off with a wet q-tip) so the leaves have a chance to dry during the day, and let the plant soak up the remaining nutrients from those old leaves before cutting them off, if the plant looks otherwise healthy. Anyone think it needs some fungicide/insecticide?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thez_yo View Post
    Hmm, well the leaf on the left that is half brown in that first and second pic could either be burn or it could be some bug on the underside, or maybe just from hard water? The leaf on the right looks like...it sort of looks like it was mushy where there's a piece that's missing - is it mushy? If you water it enough and the roots and growing tip looks ok, it looks like it's mostly older leaves that look like that, so maybe it just had a bad month when you first got it and now whatever did that is passed.

    Were it my plant, I'd just give each of the leaves a little rinse with water in the morning (maybe scrub that white web off with a wet q-tip) so the leaves have a chance to dry during the day, and let the plant soak up the remaining nutrients from those old leaves before cutting them off, if the plant looks otherwise healthy. Anyone think it needs some fungicide/insecticide?
    Nothing's mushy on it. Those are, in fact, older leaves. I made a thread before about how I thought I was killing it, but it was just transitioning from the death cube. It's been putting out healthy leaves ever since.

    I've used nothing but distilled or rain water for this plant since getting it. I'll do the wet q-tip trick and see where that takes us.
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    its either a spider, spider mites, or judging by the chew marks on the leaves, could be some small inchworm like caterpillar....

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