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Thread: Trucatas new leaf smaller than the old ones?

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    I've had my Truncata for six months or so and the last two leafs have gotten smaller than the two or three it made before these. Is there something wrong with my planting mix? I have a 7" plant in a 10" pot so it has plenty of room yet. Is possible it staying too wet (It's NEVER dry)? It's kept in a terrarium in probably 100% LFS. Should I repot with orchid bark and less LFS?

    If it is too wet how do I carefully uproot it with as little damage as possible to minimize shock?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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    Does your plant have pitchers on it? If so, have you fed them?

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    Sphagnum isn't your problem! I have mine in 100% pure living sphangum and mine puts out 8 inch+ leave petioles and 7 inch+ leave diameter. Your humidity isn't a problem in a terrarium. So I can think of it may be your light or feeding like neps said.

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    Odd, samething happened to by J. Finn. It was doing fine on my windowsill ,producing pitchers like 3 inch tall, but after i placed it in a terrarium, the pitchers are now redand 1 inch tall.
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    Here's it's conditions which I think are plenty appropriate (or had been til now)
    probably 100% LFS
    75 gallon tank
    80-90% humiidity
    Temp 80-90*F Day 70*+ at night
    240 watts flourescent light (12" above the plant)

    I've only just begun feeding it (last week) by hand with a few unfrozen mosquito larvae into each 2 1/2-3" pitcher. I was feeding flightless fruitflies into the terrarium but my cultures developed mold a couple months ago...

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    Could be a nutrition thing then. Personally I feel we keep our Nepenthes in a more nutrient void environment than in the wild. Particularly in a terrarium.

    We have them planted in 'soiless' mixes where little breakdown of the potting medium supplies nutrients to the plant. They have little opportunity to catch their own food. The water we use has almost no nutrition in it.

    Supplimental feeding is a must IMO. Preferably by feeding the plant in a natural manner with insects on a regular basis.

    There are also other possibilities that can not be ruled out entirely.

    I have had plants with root problems send out smaller leaves. There could be a problem there.

    Plants which come in from overseas typically get smaller for a while as their root systems have been reduced/damaged and leaf growth corresponds in a similar fashion. (not an issue but would be if it was a recently purchased plant from someone that does not establish them before redistributing them)

    A recent increase in light levels.

    If you can take the plant out of the terrarium, it would be worth a peek at the roots. If it is in LFS, you should be able to knock the whole thing out of the pot intact and look around the outside of the rootball to see how healthy the roots look.
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    Hey guys, you do make it very tough for me to add something new to this thread :-)

    Nepenthes beeing low on nutrients do most often also produce less coloured leafes, which may have a lighter green or even light yellow colour. Putting Nepenthes under harder conditions than they are used to may also cause smaller leafes. But they will get much thicker and sturdier which is also a good test when inspecting new plants (Good sign&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] .

    N. truncata is not so picky about soils so it may also succeed in pure LFS when it is not to wet.

    Joachim

    P.S.: Tony: Those overseas plants may also get smaller when not shipped overseas at all... ;-)

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    P.S.: Tony: Those overseas plants may also get smaller when not shipped overseas at all... ;-)[/QUOTE]

    LOL Yes I can see how that would be the case as I have purchased plants from US growers also and have the same experience. Although usually not quite as bad.

    I agree with Joachim that when using pure LFS you have to be careful that it is not kept constantly wet. Truncata in my experience does like to dry a bit.

    Ceph88.. could be a temperature or light intensity change which caused the pitchers to get smaller and redder.
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