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Thread: Fingers crossed for my N. villosa!

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    Here is a quick update:







    The new growing point on both the main stem and basal are starting to emerge which is good. And perhaps a little less curled leaf stress as well. Still a challenge as the growing area where it is, has less space for it as it gets bigger. My N. rajah next to it has been repotted today.




    That too has a curled stress leaf look. And a rather nasty bit of rot on the outside of the stem just above where the stem is going woody. The roots seemed ok and extensive and the woody stem going down to them seems ok. So for the moment have just repotted rather than turned it into a extra large cutting!!
    With winter beckoning the real stress period has yet to start!!

    Fingers still firmly crossed!

    cheers

    bill

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    Thanks for the update. Glad to hear its putting out new growth.

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    As I rather feared it is now time to turn my villosa into a number of cuttings! Growth stopped in September and while it has remained largely unchanged during winter it is now going wrinkly and soft particulary at the growing points. There is also extensive black veining up the main stem which was never good. Lopped off the smaller basal and now potted up. On the up side despite the curling of its growth and black growing point its stem is white and alive inside. Just need to see how villosa are when it comes to rooting. The main stem is still intact for now as I am not sure where best to put it as it is far too big for my tanks. And growth for any of my neps in the greenhouse is slow to none at all. So rooting is unlikely. Scrapping away at its woody base has produced white in the stem- but the black veining and curled/wrinkled growth further up suggests that it is not getting water into the stem and so is bad news.And will have to prune it off sooner rather than later I think. The veining might well suggest diease so reducing its chance of survival. Still I have had a longer run of keeping a villosa than I expected in 1998!

    Bill

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    NOOOOOO!!!!! Such a beautiful plant... I hope it makes a quick recovery and roots for you. Your cuttings will still be larger than any home grown villosa I've ever seen. Good luck!

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    I hope you spread some of those cuttings to people who know how to grow it. Thanks for the update.
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    Now in compost bin!

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    NOOOOOOOOOO! What happened?

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    What went wrong?!?

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