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    New plant: WTF?

    I just got this plant today and I was curious what is wrong with it, it seems to have made 3 variegated leaves but otherwise looks healthy. I've got it bagged and not with my other plants for now. I know there are variegated varieties of Nepenthes but usually they are advertised and priced as being variegated.

    As you can see, the old growth from when the cutting was made and the newest growth don't show any striping, only the 3 leaves in the middle. Is this due to environment, pesticide chemicals, virus...



    Leaf top (notice no striping on stem)



    Leaf bottom, at first I didn't think I saw any striping below



    new growth seems clean



    A couple people in the chat box said they have had Nepenthes make variegated leaves before for no reason. I've been growing since 2000 and never seen such a thing on any of my plants. Any input or photos you care to share on this phenomenon would be much appreciated. Ease my fears, I really want to keep & enjoy this plant but I don't wanna risk my entire collection for it.

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    I do see a few streaks on that new leaf...faint, but they are there.....

    It looks alot like virus does in certain orchids...or some weird form of varigation...I never got a definitive answer if neps get viruses or not, so it's hard to say.
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    Well Here's what the guy had to say:

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    Hi; the striped leaves are an oddity that developed early on every one of the cuttings I took except one. It appears that it may grow out of it, but only time will tell. Otherwise, it is only a color effect and doesn't appear to have anything to do with the plant's health.

    Patrick

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    If it's just a leaf color I guess I can live with it. I wonder if he cut up one of those variegated philodendrons then chopped on his Nepenthes at the same time and crossed their plant juices?

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    Maybe the cutting instrument he used for all but one had virus on it?


    Either way..nep virus knowledge is all based on heresay and speculation..nobody has actually tested for them, so there is no real way of telling what exactly is happening there....I guess just wait and see what happens.
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    I guess I do have 90 days to make a nuisance of myself should things go downhill!

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    Variegation comes and goes in some plants; cuttings taken from variegated Pothos will often lose their spots after rooting and resuming growth. I would keep an eye on it, but I doubt there's anything to worry about. If it is a virus, you can probably make a nice little chunk of change if you can develop a variegated Nepenthes innoculant.
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    He he sure $10 each for a syringe. Come one come all for Swords' "Magic Variegation Elixir" - I'll make up some ads that make Superthrive's claims seem modest!

    I was always under the impression (perhaps an incorrect one) that true variegation was always consistent like always on one half of the leaf or in a particular pattern on the leaf and occurring with regularity on most or all of the leaves. But perhaps that isn't really true, I don't own any variegated houseplants.

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    My rooting Sang cutting made surprise variation. It was my understanding it can be stress induced

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