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    Hi all:

    I've had this alata X ventricosa for a year, and all of the sudden it is giving me smaller leaves 1/10 the size of the older ones. the older leaves look fine. At first i thought, it may red spide mites??, but I can not see any physical damage to the plant only that the newer leaves are very small. Could it be lack of feeding??.


    The plant only had one pitcher and i fed it 2-3 months ago (winter time). Since then the pitcher rot, and the plant is producing new ones, but they are still small and unopened. I look forward to anybody's comments. Thanks


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    i have had this problem with my ventricosa and hamata. It seemed to be due to the lack of well, bright light and too much humidity (yea, there can be too much humidity lol) try placing the plants under brighter lights.
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    mine did that for two leaves then i got one or two (i forget) laaarge leaves


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    Agustin,
    It would be easier to diagnose the cause if you could tell us what, if any changes occured in the growing environment... Generally, that has to do with light or humidity, if the plant is in natural light, the changes in day length may be causing that... GOOD LUCK!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/blues.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/unclesam.gif[/img]
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    That might be mite damage. (I hate rhyming why I don't intend to! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] )
    Anyhow, a dramatic change in humidity or temperature could cause that too, light would only cause a burn and would take a while to show. It could decrease the leaves but I think climatic factors are involved here.

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    is it an acclimating plant [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]
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    Hi all:

    It's been in the same spot for a at least 6 months. It receives natural light supplemented with fluorescent light bulbs. However, it is worth mentioning that the natural photoperiod may have increased, because winter is over and spring is here. there has been also a steady increase in temperature. From a max of 72 F during the day now to 76. I don't particularly think that's a dramatic change in temperature.

    What is the best way to know if in fact there are mites in my plant??. I looked under a magnifying glass, but I saw nothing out of the ordinary. Maybe i am overreacting!!. Thanks for your help. Colleagues!!

    Gus

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    Hmm if you see no mites, then I guess it's no mites. Maybe it's just a freak occurence? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]

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