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    Rafflesiana Help

    SO I bought this little Rafflesiana a few weeks ago, but Im becoming increasingly worried
    about the plant.






    It has a few dead leaves On the lower portion of the stem.
    I noticed 3 or 4 small fungal growths on the dead leaves, but
    I decided to check the lower stem as well, just to make sure.
    (They looked like very tiny white pinheads)

    I made a discovery and im not sure if this is normal, or a
    dooming curse put upon my small plantling. IT looks
    like the stem was somehow cut in half like a tree, exposing the
    tissues inside of the stem. Im extremely worried that I will
    lose this nep, or it will become horribly stunted.


    In this photo, I have the stem and area in question outlined.
    Green is the outer stem
    Red is un known, most likely open stem tissues
    Blue is root matter.






    Here is the photo again without the color indicators.





    And finally, an overhead look of the plant.
    It seems to be growing at a steady but slow rate.
    The newest leaf shows the weird coloration on a
    couple of the leaves, where the veins seem to be a light copper color.
    Is ANY of this normal?







    Growing conditions are as follows:
    Temps - 75-85
    Humidity - 90%+
    Light - 13-14 hours daily
    Loose sphagnum soil with pumice chunks.

    I have been blotting the area in question with paper towels
    to combat fungal invasion, it seems to be working well for now.
    They have been trying to make their way down.

    If anybody can shed light on this issue or offer anything
    how to fix this problem, I would be very grateful.
    I dont want to watch this plant wither away.
    Last edited by NemJones; 11-19-2014 at 01:54 PM.

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    It looks ok to me, and as long as it is still growing well it should be just fine. As for the damaged stem, Nepenthes are tough plants and the plant should be unaffected by it. Just keep growing it as a LL and it will most likely be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bio View Post
    It looks ok to me, and as long as it is still growing well it should be just fine. As for the damaged stem, Nepenthes are tough plants and the plant should be unaffected by it. Just keep growing it as a LL and it will most likely be fine.
    Thanks Bio. Thats re-assuring. Im just hoping it doesnt affect the plant long term

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    If there is living root tissue below the area of concern on the stem, it's probably just old leaf matter that's built up on the outside, or an area where the leaf part has come fully off and you're seeing the hardened outer portion of the actual stem itself, which often turns black. rafflesiana is a lowland to ultralowland plant, so hot temps will help it grow faster, though your range is good for this time of year.
    And that coloration you see in the new leaf is a sign that it's getting good light. Many of mine have leaves that are completely deep coppery in color or at least retain a healthy blush. The older dead leaves are normal, of course, as the plant will replace them as it grows and it's healthy to just cut them off so as not to promote fungus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    If there is living root tissue below the area of concern on the stem, it's probably just old leaf matter that's built up on the outside, or an area where the leaf part has come fully off and you're seeing the hardened outer portion of the actual stem itself, which often turns black. rafflesiana is a lowland to ultralowland plant, so hot temps will help it grow faster, though your range is good for this time of year.
    And that coloration you see in the new leaf is a sign that it's getting good light. Many of mine have leaves that are completely deep coppery in color or at least retain a healthy blush. The older dead leaves are normal, of course, as the plant will replace them as it grows and it's healthy to just cut them off so as not to promote fungus.
    Oh. well that clears up alot, thank you Hcarlton. I was worrying over nothing haha.
    The area does look to be blackening up quite a bit so its probably exactly what you described,
    and the lowland tank is directly above one of my lighting fixtures, so theyre probably
    a bit warmer than 90.
    All is well in the lowlander chamber

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    Well, I really didnt want to post here again, but I feel I have to. Of all my plants,
    I really want to see this one take off.
    This plant hasnt moved in months. For that matter, it hasnt moved
    at ALL. Im beginning to worry If im doing something wrong, or if its just
    un happy..

    Is there anything I could to to perhaps give it a jump start?
    would a coffee treatment awaken it or kill it?
    Any help or ideas would be awesome.



    Growing conditions are as follows:
    Temps - 75-85
    Humidity - 90%+
    Light - 13-15 hours daily
    Loose sphagnum soil with pumice chunks.





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    Probably just slowing down from the lower temps, my lowlanders do that also when it cools, as long as it is not withering or something is not obviously wrong then it should be alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sflynn View Post
    Probably just slowing down from the lower temps, my lowlanders do that also when it cools, as long as it is not withering or something is not obviously wrong then it should be alright.
    Alright. Thanks Flynn thats what i was hoping. I wonder though, because i have a King Tiger X Mirabilis right next to the Rafflesiana and that plant is going MAD with growth.
    3 new pitchers every 2 weeks or so. Im just hoping its species differentiating.

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