Just some random nep questions that I've been wondering about. First off, I have a very nice N. sanguinea that had about ten pitchers on it. One day, within 24 hours, all but one rotted, turned brown. and fell off. Wierd. No growing conditions had changed, and I have had it about a year. Any idea what happened? It came back just fine, and has two nice pitchers now, so I'm a little confused.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
Next, I have a really stubborn N. rafflesiana that has been in one of my lowland tanks almost a year now, and hasn't put out one mature pitcher yet. I had a second one (just traded it for a ceph) and it did wonderfully, so I didn't know what the problem was. I put out one that should have grown and opened long ago, but it grew to the size of my thumb and stopped. Then I moved it to a new tank, and it grew some more. Then it stopped again. The other one did fine, so again, I can't figure out what's wrong. It's got 80%-95% humidity, bright, filtered light, the correct temperatures, soil..... Uhhhgg. Maybe there's something I forgot or don't know.
Another stubborn plant is my new ampullaria. Like my sanguinea, It got settled in when I got it (about a month ago from black jungle) and did fine. New pitchers, new leaves, etc. Then it's largest pitcher turned brown and died. The others followed. Then it came back. And it happened again. Now it has only one immature pitcher, and a dead brown one. I'm leaving it on till the entire thing dies, there's a little green left. These phases appear to have left it exhausted. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] But it survived. So I don't think it's going down any time soon. My plants have a habit of coming close to death, and fighting it out. I once have a D. spatulata that I didn't water for about a week. That was because I left it outside in 85 degree weather in a mini terarium and didn't know where it was. Then it poured, knocked the terrarium over, and I think it almost drowned the plant. When I found it, its leaves were dry and brown, the roots were rotting, and it was covered with mold. Now it's sitting on my porch. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]
Just a little story there.
Another little thing here- Why do neps sometimes pitcher only on one side? I have a ventricossa that has so many on one side, and none on the other, that It's falling over, even though I staked it up. I tried rotating it, thinking it was light. Didn't work. Opposite dirrection and it still pitchered on the same side. No clue what that's about.
On a non nep note, my king sundew has stopped producing dew. It's a pretty little bugger, bought off cook on ebay. It's been thriving in a terrarium with my heliamphora, and was doing very well for a few months. Now it stopped producing dew. No clue what that's about. No change in the climate, temp, light, etc. And no, I'm not misting it or anything. Again, inexplicable.
OK, that's all my problems for today. Nothing to serious, as nothing is fatal or irreversable. Just wierd.