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    Nepenthes ramispina curling leaves?

    Good morning, all,

    I could use a second opinion on one of my plants, if any would be willing to help...

    So, I have two young N. ramispina, one growing at my job under artificial lighting (http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=125589) which is thriving... The other is growing at home on my windowsill, under natural lighting.

    The home N. ramispina has grown expectedly more slowly, with the lower amounts of winter light and cooler temperatures, but generally has been fine. It's been in the same windowsill since I got it back in October... It made a few small pitchers which opened and eventually dried out, it's now been a month or two since its last pitcher.

    I had assumed that things would pick up for it as the days lengthened towards Spring, but I just noticed today that the leaves have started curling...

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    Closeup of one leaf


    Closeup of another leaf


    I don't believe it's mite damage... I tried gently tapping on a leaf with a white piece of paper underneath as in this thread: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=114913 , but I didn't see anything black or speck-like dislodge...

    I don't think the humidity has noticeably shifted, nor have I changed the media... and if anything the temperature is warming slightly, but not suddenly...

    Does anyone have any ideas or recommendations?

    My first thought was to repot... Perhaps the media's breaking down? But then I worried that the stress of repotting could make things worse...

    My second thought was that it hasn't had any insects or fertilization since probably December... So I thought about fertilizing, but again, I worry about exacerbating its troubles...
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 02-26-2011 at 06:14 PM. Reason: N. A. - N. ramispina, not N. ramispinas

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    That looks like either when I take cuttings and the leaves of the cutting curl over, or I get a plant through the mail and while it's acclimating it does that too... are you sure the plant has a good root system?

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    Does it get any full sunlight were it is now?
    My Nepenthes ramispina did a lot better when i moved it from a windowsill to a darker place next to an aquarium (more humidity there) and a lot less fresh air.
    Ive never fertilised it btw.
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    The plant is showing signs of dessication/moisture stress. The moss looks moist though so I would carefully unpot the plant and see if there is a root problem
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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    Thanks for the responses, all!

    Alright, let's see...

    @Taliesin - Yes, it's a S x SW facing window, with a skylight above it. It does get a few hours of direct sunlight each day; more and more, in fact, as the days lengthen. It may indeed by slightly closer to the window than before (~3-4" away as opposed to 5-6". We just got a new table to use by the sill, which sits everything slightly closer. A draft from the window, perhaps?)

    @ thez, Mr. Paroubek - I've never actually unpotted it to examine its roots, as it had been doing fine up until now... I'll unpot it, take a pic and repost... While I'm at it, perhaps I'll put it in fresh media after all(?)... I have no idea how long it had been in the previous media before I purchased it...

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    Maybe you could put some other bushy plants around it to give it a bit of shade and protection from draft ?
    Some of my smaller neps seem to do better when they are surrounded with other plants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyq View Post
    Thanks for the responses, all!

    Alright, let's see...

    @Taliesin - Yes, it's a S x SW facing window, with a skylight above it. It does get a few hours of direct sunlight each day; more and more, in fact, as the days lengthen. It may indeed by slightly closer to the window than before (~3-4" away as opposed to 5-6". We just got a new table to use by the sill, which sits everything slightly closer. A draft from the window, perhaps?)

    @ thez, Mr. Paroubek - I've never actually unpotted it to examine its roots, as it had been doing fine up until now... I'll unpot it, take a pic and repost... While I'm at it, perhaps I'll put it in fresh media after all(?)... I have no idea how long it had been in the previous media before I purchased it...
    Oh, and also N. ramispina is one of the pickiest plants I have. Even N. jacquelinae will be putting out pitchers while N. ramispina is still contemplating *maybe* putting out leaves, so I wouldn't be too bummed that it's misbehaving.
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 02-26-2011 at 06:20 PM.

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    i got a Nepenthes jacquelinae too and its way pickier with me then my N. ramispina :P
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 02-26-2011 at 06:19 PM. Reason: N. A. - neither "jacq", nor "rami" are valid plant names
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