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.