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    N. khasiana weirdness

    I've had this N. khasiana for a while now. It has always been a good grower, but lately it's been acting a little... weird.

    First, it started making smaller leaves with less space between the internodes, but the pitcher size didn't decrease:



    I assumed this was the result of high light (it grows, like everything else in a SSW-facing window w/ supplemental fluorescent light).

    But then, along with the small leaves, it threw out this crooked pitcher:



    The pitcher wasn't growing against anything else, so there's no obvious cause of the deformity.

    To top it off, here's the growth point:



    The newest leaf seems extra-curly.

    I've checked for pests and can't find any evidence of spider mites, thrips, etc. Summer heat? But it made it through last summer sans problème and it hasn't even been that hot here in New Haven. The other Neps are fine.

    Any ideas?
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    (1) What's your media?
    (2) How long has this plant been in your care?
    (3) How do you feed, what fertilizer do you use on it, and do you have a nutrient analysis for it?

    I'm trying to figure out what's it's running out of. I have my suspicions but it'll help to know this stuff.

    Definitely not mites or thrips. Or pests of any kind, really, as far as I can tell.
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    (1) LFS and perlite (about 50/50)
    (2) 3 years
    (3) my Nepenthes catch plenty of insects on their own, but I also feed very lightly: once/month with Better-Gro orchid fertilizer, at a strength of 1/4 per gallon. I flush the pot well at the next watering to prevent build-up.

    Here's the nutrient analysis:
    N 20
    P 14
    K 13
    Mg 1
    B .02
    Cu .05
    Fe .20
    Mn .05
    Zn .05

    Thanks for helping diagnose this, Kevin!

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    My N.diatas does something very similar just prior to flowering. It's the only plant I've flowered out so far that does this. I always know there's an impending flower when 2 consecutive leaves go all wonky like that.

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    I notice that new plants that come in from nurseries do produce such weird leaves or pitchers. Humidity is more constant and high there but although my growing area is humid too (80% and above on average), the fluctuation within a day can be between 60-90%.
    Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    My N.diatas does something very similar just prior to flowering. It's the only plant I've flowered out so far that does this. I always know there's an impending flower when 2 consecutive leaves go all wonky like that.
    Could be on to something, I just recently had a vent x spec do similar before flowering

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    Thanks. So maybe it's just fixin' to flower.

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    sorry for poor quality pic , but I think you can see the internodes have tightened up, and curly deformed leaves, I also suspected pests

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