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Thread: my Nepenthes "Miranda" x maxima doesn't look good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    What is the quality of the water you are using? What is the TDS (total dissolved solids) content? Is the water purified in any way? Distilled, deionized, or reverse osmosis?
    I use only distilled water, cannot say what is the TDS because is not mentioned on the label. I spray the water almost daily just to keep to soil moist, sometimes I simply pour it but I take care not to soak it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    The thin, extremely green floppy leaves are due to lack of direct light. This is found when plants grow up past the lights or are grown in really dim conditions, and isn't indicative of much other than low light conditions.
    So you see the lack of light as main problem not the root rot. I was waiting for the darn spring to come, but aparently I have to accomodate some T5 28W lights for the sake of it.

    Thank you all!

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    If the plant has root rot that is a much larger issue, but the floppy green leaves at the top of the stem are not direct indicators of that in this case. If the lower leaves have all gone floppy, then you worry about root rot, but from the pictures I don't see a whole lot different from my N. "Miranda" plants, which grow soaking in water all the time and never have issue.
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    Hi guys,

    Just an update, after some sunny days (spring is still lingering to come) the plant is looking better-meaning that the leaves are not that thin anymore, are thicker and rigid just like they used to be.
    Moreover, today I installed also a CFL of 45W, 2700 lumen, 6000K color temperature. Unfortunatelly there is not enough space in my balcony to place the bulb on top of the plant as many suggest, light is coming slightly from top-right side when I face the wall plant is sitting against. The closest leave is at 20cm away from the bulb, those on the other side are at 50cm maybe. Is this enough until sunny days are back?

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    Hey guys,

    Reopening this thread as I am still not sure if my plant is ok or not. For sure is not dead, it's green and having more and more leaves. But still no pitchers!! I arranged some lights, the temperatures are high, also natural light is available, use distilled water only. I don't understand why no pitchers. The good news is that a baby plant has risen and the first leave has a pitcher which is developing well. Below some photos with the plant, baby plant and pitchers that are not gowing.

    What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions? Thanks





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    Hmm N. Maxima usually pitchers well in varying conditions; but N. Miranda, for me at least, only pitchered with bright light & humidity 65% & up. Otherwise it would show nice growth in leaves with no pitchers. I don't have much experience with Mirandas except for the single one I had years ago but it grew huge before I figured out how to get matching huge pitchers out of it. By bright light I mean that I switched it from sunlight + fluorescents to straight metal halide 150Watt.

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    Hello again. I get back to this thread to update you, unfortunately can't add photos from my mobile. After a hot summer, only now in sep-oct my Miranda developed her first pitchers since a year or so. Meanwhile, a basal shoot grew bigger and bigger producing small pitchers constantly but also constantly they died.

    Question now is, should I repot this basal shoot which has now like 7 leaves and 2 pitchers, other 3 dead? Is probably overwhelmed under the big miranda.

    If yes, how can I do it without harming any of the 2 plants?

    Thanks.

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    I think u need to mist your plant and its pitchers everyday day/night about 2 times or so and you'll notice with a temp drip at night from your day temps you'll see pitchers that will last longer when emerged.

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