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    Hi
    I got my N. veitchii x lowii as a small plant about 3 years ago. Its still small and does not seem too happy. The leaves are a very yellow/green colour. More yellow than green and growth seems slow even for one with such parentage.
    I currently grow it on the top shelf in my sectioned off part of my highland Neps house. It gets plenty of light with a bit of shading now from my shading paint.
    Its been there quite a while and I wonder if moving it might prompt it into better growth? My rajah, villosa, macrophylla etc are all on the floor of this section where it is more shady still and possibly a bit more humid. They all have lush green leaves and are growing steadily. Might this be a better place to grow this species? Where do you grow yours??

    cheers

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    I grow mine in lowland conditions... I just got it recently, but its growing and about to make a trap.

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    What kind of feeding does it get? Sounds like it's not getting enough food for the amount of light it's receiving. You can try increasing feeding or dropping the light a bit.. or a combination of both ;>
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Tony Paroubek @ June 09 2004,6:16)]What kind of feeding does it get? Sounds like it's not getting enough food for the amount of light it's receiving. You can try increasing feeding or dropping the light a bit.. or a combination of both ;>
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    Hi Tony,
    I never feed any of my Neps- just let them catch whatevers going!
    I am moving it to the more shady floor area of my house to see what happens. It has produced pitchers- one at a time. But growth is slow and as I say the leaves are more yellow than I like.

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    Sounds rather strange Bill, N. villosa, N. macrophylla etc. should be far more difficult. Not sure if it came from BE but I've only kept one of these guys on for our own collection and it's been quite vigorous overall. Mature pitchers are large and have the N. veitchi peristome and thick bristles under the lid. It's worth persevering with it! Can you post a photo? Could be a mineral deficiency of some sort perhaps?

    See you next week!
    Rob Cantley
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Borneo @ June 10 2004,9:40)]Sounds rather strange Bill, N. villosa, N. macrophylla etc. should be far more difficult. Not sure if it came from BE but I've only kept one of these guys on for our own collection and it's been quite vigorous overall. Mature pitchers are large and have the N. veitchi peristome and thick bristles under the lid. It's worth persevering with it! Can you post a photo? Could be a mineral deficiency of some sort perhaps?

    See you next week!
    Hi Rob,
    Here are a couple of photos:


    And a CU



    Notice the black tinge running down the side. This does not occur the other side.

    It is a VXL-13 clone from BE.
    I have not repotted it for a while and is still in a mix I no longer use. So I might repot it to my LFS/clay pellet mix. But like to try one thing at a time. Of all my plants I grow anything with veitchi in it seems far slower to develop. While my other more "difficult" plants rocket away!! Go figure??

    Alas Rob I can't make it too the ICPS Conference..Grrrr. A combination of other work commitments & finding a suitable plant sitter have put paid to it!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img]

    Have a great time [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    cheers

    bill

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    Oh no... I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but, you need to destroy the plant immediately! I had this same unknown pathogen/virus/whatever that destroyed 5 plants before I was able to contain it. Look a few pages down for the topic: Emergency! I'm terribly sorry, but better one than 2, 3, 4, 5, etc... Just keep an eye on your other plants, too... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]
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    Bill,

    If it were mine and I didn't want to throw it out, I'd trim it right back. For starters, thise completely brown leaves wouldn't be benefiting the plant at all and may harbor a disease. Often, something that looks like that is a problem stemming from the roots though, Phythium or Phytopthera perhaps. If there's damage to the roots then how about putting some prey in the pitcher that looks OK. Repotting may help no end.

    Not saying that Lithopsman is wrong and you don;t have something contageous that should be thrown away but Neps are fairly resistant to most things if they aren't stressed.

    The clone I retained one plant of for my collection here was also clone No. 13 and it's fine. Needs no special requirements so as I know you grow other things well there's probably a disease or severe root damage.
    Rob Cantley
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