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    Hmmm, I feel like I used to have mine on 18 hrs years ago with no complaints. Maybe it was just adjusting and I'm freaking bc I'm OCD haha!

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    I use 18 hr as well and yea I would say low water or humidity dont baby them let them adjust

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    I f I was going to be gone, I used to leave mine on 24 hours a day for extended periods. Everything pitchered, a couple flowered.
    I wouldn't say to do this, just offering the info for consideration.
    Good growing, Jack
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    My neps are under 16hrs photoperiod and thrive.

    In my setup, when the temperature is too low day after day, the pitchers will be littles and will open too early. The leaves are shorters too.

    Hope this will help u

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    Its not your light period. I use an 18 hour photo period because I have use t-8 lights. My northiana get picky if the humidifier runs out.

    Check your roots. What kind if media are you using? I think your roots may be rotted.

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    Mine are on a 16 hour photoperiod under T5s and have no problems pitchering. I agree with JB that it may be the roots. If you do not have quick draining media and you are watering that frequently (every other day) with high humidity, it may cause root rot.

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    I think the key bit of information here is "misting several times a day." You are creating a major fluctuation in humidity that may not be consistent from day-to-day. If one pitcher has been consistently misted more than others while developing and then, perhaps, you don't hit this same pitcher quite as much or forget to mist, the lid may open prematurely. Although I mentioned humidity, the real issue is conditional changes. Almost every example of pitchers opening prematurely that I have seen result in changes of some kind, whether due to repotting, moving the plant, or abnormal fluctuations in humidity or temperature.

    As JB and Don mentioned, the frequency at which you water the plants, coupled with misting and high humidity, could be causing issues with water absorption. Is there any sign of yellowing on the lamina? Do you grow your plants in an enclosure or an open area? If your plants are being kept this wet around the roots and shoot, while being kept in an enclosed system without CO2 supplementation, it is much more difficult for the plant to assimilate photosynthetic carbon and therefore pull water through the xylem tissue via transpiration. Your plant is essentially surrounded by more water than it can use and will divert its energy to more pressing issues than pitcher production.

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    One thing that I didn't see mentioned, were the ages of the plants. I would occasionally run into that phenomena with young plants, relatively early in the season; but, they left that phase with the arrival of longer days by June . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

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