Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to all who contribute to this forum, you have really inspired me and encouraged me in this fascinating hobby. I know I only post when I have a problem and true to form here I go!
I have a problem with my Nepenthes hamata. I have two. One is in serious decline. After growing well for me for six months it suddenly slowed its growth dramatically and went into suspended animation and finally started to slowly die. The new leaf it started to put out just stopped growing. Now a new growth is attempting to push out in a very pathetic fashion.
My other hamata I have had for well over a year and was pitchering on every leaf. That too has appeared to dramatically slow its growth and as you can see the new leaf seems very small and not vigorous as before. So now I'm in total panic as I don't know what to do? Here are the pics. Sorry for camera phone quality!
Mix is sphagnum moss peat, vermiculite and perlite in equal quantities in square plastic aquatic baskets. Room temp during the day and window opened at night to allow cooling (I live in London so cooling seems sufficient at this time of year). I have been using that method for two years with success. Misted with RO every evening and have done for two years. The only thing I've changed is one of the grow tubes. I used to grow them under two 39W 10,000k tubes with great success. In September when I replaced the tubes I used one 10,000k and one 6,700k after reading that Nepenthes would prefer this. I gave coffee treatment in Spring and in Autumn. What could it be? Please help! Their life is in your hands!!!!!