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    My N.hirsuta spotted made its first pitcher about a month ago. It was about ~3" tall (maybe a little more) when it opened. A newer pitcher developed (and opened), and it is only 1.5" tall. I'm obviously disappointed, but more importantly, am I doing something wrong? Is the plant unhappy? Has this happened to anyone else? I'm worried that I'm not providing enough sunlight for my lowland plants (my Ventricosa red pitchers have gone from red to yellow). Anyone game for some suggestions?

    Patrick
    (if needed, i can post some pictures).

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    Maybe your lights are getting weaker with age...

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    It gets both natural and artificial sunglight, but I suppose its possible... I think the night temps are a little cooler in my new location also..

    Patrick

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    Did your humidity fluncuate? I think it is more of a temperature issue rather than humidity but anyhting is possible.

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    Cooler temps can do it. Lower humidity etc. I often find that some plants will pitcher better during different seasons.. particularly those I have in less than ideal conditions.

    If the new leaves are getting bigger then I wouldn't worry.
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    Oh the lights are only about three months old also. I think they are good for 6 months to about a year. I vaguely recall hearing that somewhere.

    [img]http://home.**********.com/trashcan/n_hirsuta.jpg[/img]
    The larger one is the first it developed after the plant came in the mail. You can see its about to die, and the new one is on the left. Sorry about the picture quality, its hard to get just right at 1[img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]0am. It was either this pic or the blurry one. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    heh! picture quality is better than mine!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] But I would say probably just some lingering effect of some stress still. It could be temps and humidity like Tony and I said also.

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    After I settle in to my new house, I'll stop being cheap. Two ultra-sonic humidifiers per terrarium, and four lights per terrarium too!

    As for the leaf size, the length of the leaf is the same on both leaves with pitchers. I guess that's a good sign. I think I might be a bit uptight about my plants. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Pat

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