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    My merrilliana put out a new leaf but it is significantly smaller than the previous one. Does this mean it wants the deeper pot I hear merrill'ies like to have? It's still in the pot it came in which is like 3" across and 4" tall. The plant other than the latest leaf is 3-4" across.

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    Man it is a slow pitcherer (?)

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    N. merrilliana for me at least has proven to be an extreme lowland plant, that require a deep pot, warm temps and very humidi air. The soil can be allowed to become almost dry with no ill effects. How long have you had it since this newest leaf came out?

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    Hi Joe,
    Merrilliana can be a bit of a challenge. If you want the big pitchers, they need constant high humidity-I mean really muggy conditions. Our big merrilliana is in a five gallon container and is just now starting to produce traps for the season. Around November it stops and takes a winter rest. I believe this is as much caused by the shorter daylight hours in winter as any response to temperature drops. If you grow under lights then no problem. They do need lots of root space, and do not like re-potting. Move it up to something oversized so it can grow undisturbed for a while. I make a special mix for the merrilliana, using double the amount of aliflor (clay balls used for growing orchids) that I use in our regular Nep mix. It likes good drainage (don't all Neps?), but still be careful not to overwater: flush it thoroughly, and then allow it to dry out a little more than most Neps. And keep that humidity high!
    Good luck! N. merrilliana is one of my favorites.
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    Ive had it for about 6mos now and the newest leaf unfurled about 3 days ago. It got a pitcher about 2mo's ago and still is opening it. Nothing is drying out or dying just v.....e......r......y s......l......o......w and the new leaf is small. The leaves are very red and bumpy. The new leaf is probably 1" and the other leaves are 2-3" each and curl under.
    80deg.F.__75-80%hum. very bright light

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    Just curious: Would algae in the pot make a difference to it?

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    If it's algae-kind of slimy-then conditions are too wet. Moss growing across the surface of the mix is good-it indicates proper humidity.The red leaf is good-it indicates proper light. The small leaf size-sounds like it's time to re-pot.

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    Ok I repotted and guess what:?

    MY MERRILLIANA HAS NO ROOTS!!!
    I was confused so I broke up the mix it was in and there are no roots in the mix no decayed dead ones even.
    It still is green/red no brown, pitcher is alive and flexible, leaves as well. Trunk is flexible too, but solid. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

    What the ---- ?
    Any body have an answer or guess?

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