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    Why Sulking?

    I got a few new plants from trades an eBay. They came bare root and I potted them up. Within a day, they wilted. They were well watered, not drenching, not dry. They had the perfect amount of water in the medium. It is mostly sphagnum with some perlite mixed in. My conditions are fine, all 25 (or around there) other neps are doing well. Temperature is about 70F during the day with a max of 80F for like 20 or 30 minutes and about 50F at night. It is about 90% humidity at night, 60-70% during most of the day and 50% when in the sun, but quickly climbs back up when out of the sun.

    Just curious why they may be sulking... One thought I had was I just took them out of the box and put them in the greenhouse with no light acclimation, but it was on cloudy days when I received these, unboxed them and potted them.

    One that is sulking came with another and it has no issues. It has been sulking for maybe a week or more. The other I got from eBay and has been sulking for a few days. One is a N. ventricosa x aristolochioides and the one from eBay is a N. ventricosa x talangensis... Both have ventricosa in them, could that be anything?

    How long do plants usually sulk for and look wilty? How can I help them get back to normal?

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    Bag em and give em more water? Be prepared to deal with rot if you do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peatmoss View Post
    Bag em and give em more water? Be prepared to deal with rot if you do this.
    More water? Is that was causes sulking, lack of water?

    Kinda big, but I do have two bags that may fit...

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    I'm wondering if they were exposed to temp extremes at all during shipping? May have something to do with it anyway. Have you been able to check the roots on any of the wilty plants? If any are suffering from rot or the like that would be my next guess.
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    They arrived looking pretty healthy... I doubt it is root rot. The ventricosa x spectabilis was sulking just 12 hours after being potted.

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    I always keep newly arrived plants really wet. I think they have trouble absorbing water because the rootlets are torn off when they are unpotted... So I give them extra help. But this may be terrible advice. I only have like, twenty neps...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peatmoss View Post
    I always keep newly arrived plants really wet. I think they have trouble absorbing water because the rootlets are torn off when they are unpotted... So I give them extra help. But this may be terrible advice. I only have like, twenty neps...
    So drench them, or would this worsen it?

    Anyone positive on what I should do?

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    Hard to be positive Pine but what Peat is saying makes great sense. By bagging them you will ease unnecessary transpiration by quite alot. As far as extra wet pot media, I dunno.
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