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    Small pitchers after period of stunted growth?

    Why, after a period of slowed/no/mal-formed growth is the first pitcher a Nepenthes pops out decidedly smaller (and I'm talking about like half the size here) than what the plant should be making? Even if the leaf it grows in is normal sized. All of my plants do this after suffering through the winter outside and I'm wondering if anyone has a theory. The second pitcher they grow in is more appropriately sized, of course. My only thought is that it was still 'sorta crappy' conditions when the first one grew in so it was small.

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    don't know but agree ,mine do the same,sometimes for a few pitchers

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    Maybe its just acclimating to the new conditions. Give it some time.

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    same thing happens to me... I guess they're just adapting in a wierd way....


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    I get the same thing every time something happens to any of mine that they do not like. I also always get the "little lid" syndrome on that 1st new pitcher after an environmental change, good or bad. It might be just that they're slow to adjust to change and kind of put out that next pitcher sloppily because they are going to keep doing what they do, but haven't adjusted completely yet.

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    Often, the first pitchers of the season tend to be stunted; though, on occasion, many of my more mature plants will send out a "dud" later in the season -- just to tick me off. Chalk it up to Nepenthes' perverse streak . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBella View Post
    Often, the first pitchers of the season tend to be stunted; though, on occasion, many of my more mature plants will send out a "dud" later in the season -- just to tick me off. Chalk it up to Nepenthes' perverse streak . . .
    Ah, is that why I love them so much

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    My neps do this randomly. No change in conditions (they are grown in an indoor grow tent) that I watch closely. But my sanguinea that was putting out nice 8" pitchers a few months back is now putting out pathetic 2" pitchers. This 'syndrome' seems to rotate randomly from nep to nep, without rhyme or reason.

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