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    Uh Oh...

    Good afternoon y'all

    Lately, my new Nepenthes thorelli X TM "8 of clubs" has been showing some very disturbing signs which I immediately recognized. For those that do not know, a few months ago I moved my vent X TM into a cooler environment to grow faster. The plant didn't like the drastic change and started to abandon its shoot. Luckily, the plant had a dormant basal bud and nearly escaped death. Now it appears that the same thing is happening to my thorelli TM hybrid. Judging on the leaf sizes its clear that this HL hybrid was grown in the wrong type of environment (lowland) before I obtained it. Heres a (not so good) pic of the rapidly deteriorating leaves.


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    (notice the blackening tendril line)


    I really don't want to go through another near-death experience like with my N. vent X TM, especially since these are nice hybrids. Anyone got any ideas how I can allow the plant to safely adapt? Right now it has two active basals, but I am not sure if they would survive by judging the blackish appearance of what remains on the N. ventricosa X TM's main shoot. I have allowed many Nepenthes to adapt to humidity and light levels, but I've never dealer with something like this.

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    Lance

    Edit: the plant is in a typical highland environment with an average 70% humidity (shouldn't be humidity problems...the leaves look hardy to me!)
    Last edited by lance; 04-15-2012 at 11:41 AM.


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    Looks like sooty mold which is usually harmless. You try wiping it off with a wet paper towel? Increase airflow to combat it if it is bothering you.

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    I tried wiping it off but it appears to just be dying plant cells as I had thought it was. Shortly behind the picture the leaf is starting to follow the same fate as the main leaf-stem. Anyone know how I can fix this? Bag it...etc??


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    Can you get access to a better camera for a better photograph?

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    Pics updated.


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    Anyone have any ideas??


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    is that a new leaf or older one?

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    Its an older one, but it looked nice and fine when it arrived. There were no signs that the leaf was gonna die. Besides, the leaves usually don't die this fast.


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