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    GAH!!

    I just went to my shadehouse, and I almost didn't come back alive!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]

    There's a stench in there, but it's not the normal rotting smell from too many insects in the pitchers. It's more like a sweet smell, but a nasty sweet smell, if that makes any sense (sickly sweet). :/ It's really hard to describe, but just getting near my neps gives me a migraine (FOR REAL!!! ). [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] Has this ever happend to anyone around here? I believe that the smell is coming from my N khasiana (which just opened a ~7 inch aerial pitcher), but I have 3 large Nep plants in that area (coccinea, khasiana, ventrata), so I'm not 100% sure about that. Any idea on how to get rid of this DISGUSTING smell? I was thinking of putting a few incense sticks to burn there, or maybe putting a few dried crickets in the the newly opened pitcher. I'll try anything!!! I'd much rather have the smell of rotting crickets or snails than that YUCKY SWEET smell... :/ Thanks in advance.

    Júl

    BTW: I still have that smell in my nose in case you're still wondering... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
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    hrmmm...

    That is very interesting... my first instinct was to light some incense, or burn a few matches...

    I don't know if you have a misting system, but opening the doors and venting the air might help, as long as you can do it without stressing your plants! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    other than that... umm... I don't know...

    I wonder what it smells like at Jeffs when one of his carrion flowers blooms?
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    Very Interesting, perhaps, it is just that your Khasiana is mad at you and wants to drive you away from it? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] J/k. Hmm, the only sickly sweet smell I have ever come across is a dead animal carcass. The only thing I could think of it maybe the nectar did something, like mixed with the digestive fluid or a stink bug got digested? Or is there a dead animal around your shade house?

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    haha oxymoron, sickly sweet [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

    it sometimes happenes with my purpurea too [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    Cool

    The smell isn't a rotting smell, but I can't describe it well. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] The closest description that I can come up with is this sickly sweet smell, but I don't know exactly what that's like. The new pitcher hasn't caught anything either, so it's not a stinkbug. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] The good thing is that it apparently dissipated over the night, although I can still smell it a little (it's not strong enough to give me a migraine now). Believe it or not though, I'm actually a little afraid of approaching my neps now. I my head was hurting all day yesterday, and I couldn't get that awful smell out of my nose! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] I sure hope this doesn't happen again. I'd feel better if someone else out there had this happen to them though...

    thanks for the responses

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