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almost all my amps are spotty . No damage. But my are smaller spots. My amps are also kept in water log condition as they are swamp type like bical , humidity mayb?
For some time I've wondered why my ampullaria behaves like this. "Burn" spots appear on the leaves and pitchers have a very short life (this week a week old pitcher just died). I've done some experiments on the lighting levels as at some point it seemed to be the cause (ampullaria likes shade?).
A while ago I changed the other cfl tube from philips aquarelle to arcadia original tropical. Within a week, ampullaria pitchers started to dry out - first the hairy "wings" (I can't remember the word for them) and then the whole pitcher. Other nepenthes' pitchers started to dry their lids also. So I changed it back to aquarelle and it seemed to stop the shriveling. The distance from the tubes and the plant is about 30 cm (1 ft). First the pitchers go all red and then dry out.
Since then ampullaria has grown new leaves and pitchers. Again, I decided to change the other aquarelle to Osram Fluora (plant tube). First couple of weeks seemed ok, no shriveling or drying out. But then the most recent pitcher (opened a week ago) started to dry out. The ampullaria is from Borneo, which is a "shaded forest" so could it be that there is just too much light? I know many of you have found out that ampullaria likes high light levels but... Also, the entire time I've had the plant there's been "burn" spots on the leaves. And the weird thing is that the oldest ampullaria pitcher (at least a year old) which is on the ground level is fine and the leaf is without the burn spots. So shade is required?
This thread gave a few possible causes also:
2. fungal infection
3. wrong kind of soil
4. wrong humidity or temperature
I think over-watering may be the most likely cause because I do water them often so that the soil is always wet. Although there seems to be some connection to the light levels also. What do you think? The soil is 1:1:1 peat/perlite/"orchid soil". The humidity is 80-100% and temperature maybe 24-25 degC (75-77 degF) at night and 25-27 degC (77-80 degF) during the day.
Here's some recent pictures:
The leaves look fine to me imho, the not shaded leaves of my amp and hookeriana look waaaaay worse and the plants still grow and pitcher fine.
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I'm with Tali. It looks normal to me just a good bit of light will usually do that.
I've seen this many times....it's caused by one of two things.
1.lower humidity than the plant is used to.
2. Higher light levels than the plant is used to.
Either way, new growth should be fine.
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