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

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

    Hi,

    I bought this Nepenthes plant last year and it was doing fine when all of the sudden all pitchers dried and despite new vines were showing no pitchers developed again.

    Today is worse, the leaves are very thin and soft like bat wings, I'm afraid it might die soon.

    I can't post a picture of it, however I can add that I live in Romania where it's still winter and I don't support the plant with any lights. I am trying to keep it warm all the time and water it every day but not in excess.

    Is it normal over the winter to behave like this? What should I do?
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    ITs almost impossible to tell without pictures. From the sounds of it, either humidity problems or root rot.

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    That definitely sounds like root rot. Without enough light, it is very easy for pathogens to take over the weakened plant.
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    Sounds like it could be root-rot. Usually watering every day is not necessary. Some pics would help.
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    Looks like it's the root rot, same answer across even without pictures. Anything I can do to stop it? Or is it too late?

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    When the IRS (Insidious Rot Syndrome) comes for your plants, there is not much you can do.

    HOWEVER there are a couple methods that are not guaranteed to work, but its an attempt at best.

    Option 1 You will have to unpot the plant and CAREFULLY remove the soil media away from the infected root tissues.
    Once the root area is exposed, you should be able to assess how much damage is being done down there. If there is a small ammount
    of rot/root kill, you can trim off the infected tissues, give the plant and its roots a good rinse, then repot and hope for the best.

    Option 2 This is when all else has failed. After removing the plant from the soil and checking roots if the entire root area/most of it
    is infected or salvageable, youre going to need to learn how to make Nepenthes cuttings. I would say cut the plant off on the stem beginning at the healthiest
    part, make sure the root rot isnt traveling up the stem. There will be a brownish color in the middle of the plant's stem. When you have a healthy cutting,
    stick it in water, give it high humidity and alot of light. Hope it roots and wait.

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    I'll give it a try with option 1 first. Hope is not that bad though.

    Thank you all, will come with pictures next time

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    Keep us updated. and make sure the rot isnt affecting the inner stem core. If leaves are wilting, theres a good chance you might have to operate with option 2

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