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    Anyone know whats wrong with my N. burkei?

    A few months ago when I moved house I noticed my N. burkei had browning on the base of its leaves, well now a month after I discovered it, the browning has gotten quite severe and completely covers the base of the leaves.







    None of the other plants in my collection are exhibiting the same browning, despite them all recieving the same conditions and are all close enough that their leaves are touching (Which is odd if it were pests, Id expect them to have spread but I could be wrong)

    Im thinking it might be some sort of rot problem?

    If it is pests, can anyone identify what they might be? I inspected the plant but couldnt find any pests themselves or "dirt."
    ~Burgeoning connoisseur of all things ventricosa or otherwise tubby.~

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    Keep that away from your other plants. It looks like a bacterial infection to me and you don't want it spreading to the rest of your collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtisconners View Post
    Keep that away from your other plants. It looks like a bacterial infection to me and you don't want it spreading to the rest of your collection.
    Anyway to cure it?
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    You might want to try cutting the infected portion off. I've never seen something like this on a nepenthes, it looks like crown rot on orchids. Do your own research, though. I'm really not sure about this thing. If you do cut off the infected portion, seal off the wound with candle wax to prevent secondary infection. I hope that helps.

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    How exactly would I cut it off...? The entire center portion of the stem seems infected... Id have to decapitate the plant to remove all of it.

    Im thinking I might snip off all the leaves with sterilized scissors and then repot the plant, I failed to mention its been in the same media for 2 years or so now, might that be the problem?
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    What does the mixture consist of? It's possible the media is breaking down or that it just needs repoting. Two years is about the time to re-pot. But I'm no expert on nepenthes, I only own a ventrata and a ventricosa I bought two days ago. Did that infection move from the top down or the bottom up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtisconners View Post
    What does the mixture consist of? It's possible the media is breaking down or that it just needs repoting. Two years is about the time to re-pot. But I'm no expert on nepenthes, I only own a ventrata and a ventricosa I bought two days ago. Did that infection move from the top down or the bottom up?
    Its just a standar 50-50 sphagnum perlite mix..

    Im not sure if its moving up or down, it started as just a light speckle of brown on the base of the leaves.
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    Sashoke...this does not look like an infection. It looks to me like it is producing pitchers and growing a new leaf and pitcher out the middle. Looks like normal growth. I would wait for someone more experienced before I would start chopping pieces off. Just my two cents. I will be watching the thread carefully because I also have plants that have this.

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