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    Urgent Help_Dying Nepenthes Plants

    I purchased an N. Ampullaria x Bicalcarata and an N. Veitchii x Platychilla last week. I potted both plants and their conditions have quickly declined.

    Here are the photos of my N. Ampullaria x Bicalcarata now:







    And here are the photos of my N. Veitchii x Platychilla now:










    I placed them the other day in plastic bags and are currently receiving indirect sunlight. I take them out for 10 minutes every night and early morning to receive fresh air so no fungi will grow on the medium or on the leaves.

    Is there a way to revive these plants? I'm really worried about their conditions and I don't want to lose them.

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    What media are you using for them? It doesnt look right. Also what temperatures are they being grown in approximately? What are your growing conditions in general?

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    I am a noob but looks like the soil is too wet, needs a more 'airy' soil mix, I think but what do I know.

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    Medium for the ampullaria x bicalcarata: osmunda (the type you use for orchids) and peat so it's quite airy.

    Medium for veitchii x platychilla: mixture of coco cubes, charcoal and coco peat. The top layer is coco peat but inside the pot it's also quite airy.

    Humidity: I'd say over 70 cause they're inside plastic bags now.

    Temperature: 77-90 degrees Fahrenheit. I live in the Philippines, where Nepenthes plants are naturally found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gino View Post
    in plastic bags and are currently receiving indirect sunlight.
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    Temperature: 77-90 degrees Fahrenheit. I live in the Philippines, where Nepenthes plants are naturally found.
    Temperature inside the plastic bags or outside?

    In closed plastic bags and even indirect sunlight in the tropics your plants will probably be cooked a little each day.

    Perhaps you can place a small thermometer inside a bag, place it in what you call "indirect sunlight" and after two hours or so, what temperature can you verify inside the plastic bag?

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    Neither of those soil mixes are the correct growing media for Nepenthes. They should be planted in long fiber sphagnum moss you can add some Osmunda fiber, orchid bark, perlite or pumice to the moss to lighten it up but I would repot them very soon. Peat based soil recipes are generally a terrible media for Nepenthes.

    Also a bag is a very constricted environment with no airflow, this is not good because as Jesse mentioned the bags could be getting to dangerous temperatures.

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    Plants definitely need a much more open airy soil. As Swords said. Also, who knows what kind of shock they sustained from shipping. They look like their little Nepenthes souls are already in the beyond, but who knows. I know there are growers who had luck with neps that were very much dead on arrival. The leaves are wilted, so I'm going with heat or soil.
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    If your in the phillipines get rid of the plastics bags and get them potted in coir chunks but really they look beyond help at ths stage

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