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    Stay chooned in for more! Clint's Avatar
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    heres an aim conversation i had with dustin:

    cparsonsss: my n. campanulata looks like crap
    cparsonsss: 1 leaf tunred yellow, then black, then fell off
    cparsonsss: now another is turning yellow
    cparsonsss: these are the oldest leaves
    Ephippiata: whats the temps and soil moisture?
    cparsonsss: soon i'll only have 3 leaves left
    cparsonsss: temps are 85-90 days, high 70's nights
    cparsonsss: soil is 2/1 sand/peat, everything i have ever grown in this mix does GREAT
    cparsonsss: it's not on the tray sysem, and i keep the soil moist
    cparsonsss: my other nepenthes are excelling and are in the same conditions
    cparsonsss: i got it.. oh about a month ago
    Ephippiata: hmm.......
    Ephippiata: sounds pretty normal so far
    Ephippiata: how is the growth?
    cparsonsss: it's very slow
    Ephippiata: hmm...
    cparsonsss: the newest leaf has a tendril and a nub at the end, but the nub, which should be growing, isn't doing anything
    Ephippiata: I'm befuddled
    cparsonsss: lighting is 440 watts, it's over 12 inches away from them, theres no glass on top to filter the light
    cparsonsss: i consider my light pretty strong since it turned my n. belli red
    cparsonsss: humidity was 80 percent, but i was advised by many, including tamlin, to lower it to about 60
    cparsonsss: so now it's in the low 60's, however, the plant was doing this before i lowered the humidity
    Ephippiata: hmm
    cparsonsss: the only thing i've done is fertilize it with a 1/8th dilution of shultz orchid fertilizer
    cparsonsss: however, i've been doing that weekly since day 1, as well as my belli which is great
    cparsonsss: and i've been applying it to ALL the leaves with a Q-tip so i wouldn't get it on the roots, not just the leaves that are dying
    cparsonsss: what i dont get, is why are they turning BLACK and falling off instead of drying up?
    cparsonsss: and why it's happening so fast
    Ephippiata: I'm not sure
    Ephippiata: I don't grow this species
    cparsonsss: there are lots and lots of bugs in the soil
    cparsonsss: some look like mites
    cparsonsss: however, i have only exclusively seen these in and on the soil
    cparsonsss: nothing else is affected and i've never seen these on or in a plant,
    cparsonsss: they are big enough to see with the naked eye, they look like mites and are brown but have antenna, so they are an insect and not an arachnid
    Ephippiata: :-\
    cparsonsss: other bugs include springtales and fungus knats
    cparsonsss: gnats^
    cparsonsss: maybe i just got a crappy clone?
    Ephippiata: post the topic on PFT.....I really don't know without seeing the plant

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    I grow mine in pure LFS. In addition, I lined the bottom of the plastic pot with styrofoam chips. I would suggest stop fertilizing the plant. I never fertilize my plant.

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    i really don't think it's the fertilizer.. i honestly don't. why would it only affect the oldest leaves?

    i know nepenthes die naturally, but this just seems really fast and it's not dying the way my other nepenthes die.

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    I firmly am convinced its just natural and its adapting. I could be wrong but by the sounds of it, its natural.

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    it BETTER be natural, or else i'm out a really interested nepenthes with a very rich history!

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    Sand and peat? Sounds very heavy. Many Nepenthes grow in a more humusy mossy kind of 'soil' that is well drained and airy but holds alot of moisture. I am thinking root problem...

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    my soil is well drained and airy, everything else, and i mean everything, grows prolifically in this soil.

    i'm starting to think it's just adapting, i did get it in crappy shape to start with. i HOPE it's just adapting.

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    I would change the soil to something more airy. Every nep is alittle different so it may work for some of your other neps. I also don't like the idea of bugs all over the soil.

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