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    Spots on N.Ampullaria Leaves

    Hi Guys,

    My N. Ampullaria leaves are showing brown/red spots which seem to expand over time - see pics below (top and bottom of leaves). Whatever caused these spots didn't halt growth of the pitcher on the largest leaf. Now the newest leaf is showing some spots as well (easier to see at the bottom of the leaf which is on the right).
    The plant is approximately 30cm from the lights, and none of the other neps next to it show any similar signs.
    What do you think? Is this something I should worry about? Could it be some kind of pest?

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    Given the color of the leaves and the texture of the brown spots, it looks to me like brown rust, a fungal infection. Are you giving the plant enough light or perhaps over-watering it or even using a media that retains too much water, e.g., peat & fine perlite?
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    That's exactly what my N. ampullaria looked like - turns out I was overwatering it. Changed its media to pure live LFS, it seems to be growing better now. Try a better-draining media, it looks a bit undrained.
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    Thanks for the replies,

    It grows next to most of my other Neps (same distance from light), and none exhibit these spots. I water them all at same intervals.

    It does grow in a mixture of mostly peat and some bark; so you think it might have to do with drainage? Is a N. Ampullaria more sensitive to drainage issues than other Neps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimi View Post
    Thanks for the replies,

    It grows next to most of my other Neps (same distance from light), and none exhibit these spots. I water them all at same intervals.

    It does grow in a mixture of mostly peat and some bark; so you think it might have to do with drainage? Is a N. Ampullaria more sensitive to drainage issues than other Neps?
    Strange, I have found it to be LESS sensitive to drainage....
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    Lowlands will do that if they are not getting high enough temps and humidity.

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    The humidity & temperature are quite stable - 65-70% and ~25 degs Celsius, respectively. My other lowlands (Rafflesiana, Truncata, x.Hookeriana) are quite happy in these conditions.

    I've read somewhere that an Ampullaria likes the shade, perhaps I should increase the distance between the Amp and the lights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimi View Post

    I've read somewhere that an Ampullaria likes the shade, perhaps I should increase the distance between the Amp and the lights?
    Sounds like a good idea to me.
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