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Thread: Nepenthes bicalcarata 15 yr. plant dying - help!

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    Salty air could deffinitely be a problem, in general though bicals seem to be touchy about any changes even if the new enviro is pretty similar they seem to know.

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    Checked her tonight. She is going down fast. Last three leaves are curlying on the sides and turning black.

    What can I do to save this plant? Thanks.

    Todd

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    Another note on this plant, it receives distilled water, lots of rain water and occasionally well water that is filtered by salt bags. Another 5 yr. old bical was purchased from the same seller as the 15 yr. old plant under the same orignal conditions and has done well growing two new leaves and one pitcher this past month. I did repot it from its original 17" pot to a 24" pot two weeks ago. Right now, I'm thinking it is in shock from that and is not adjusting well.

    Todd

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    It's possible the repotting is the culprit and shock from it. Maybe some of the roots got damaged and it is now unable to absorb enough moisture to keep the leaves going? The curling sure sounds like a water/dehydration issue with the leaves. I would deffinately consider enclosing it in a big transparent bag and keeping it in bright light away from direct sunlight.

    Also curious what you mean well water filtered by salt bags. That doesn't sound like anything I would put within 100 feet of my Nepenthes! While Nepenthes can deal with less than ideal water.. if it is softened by sodium it could be highly toxic to plants.

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    is it really a girl? if it is a girl then you really need to save it! females are pretty uncommon.

    if it's tall, maybe you can cut the vine into sections and try to root the sections.

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    Todd,

    Although your description is good and it seems the others are narrowing down the possible problem, is there any way you can get a photo here for us? It might just help for someone to recognise the problem.

    Aaron.

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    I don't think sea spray is the problem. We are only 2 miles from the beach and our bicals are thriving. I would be more concerned with the repotting issue, water quality, and what may have happened while transporting the plant from Bruce's place to your place. Did it bake in the car for any length of time? Direct sun through a window for the one hour trip home?
    Like Tony mentioned, did you water it with the salt-filter water? Water softeners are very bad for all cp. What was Bruce using for a growing media, as compared to your mix? Did you remove it from the pot at his place and transport it home bareroot? All these questions could be factors contributing to the plant crashing. Also, it may not be dying, but going into shock. It still has a chance to make a comeback if the main vine and root system are not severely damaged.

    Trent
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    It sounds like lowl humidity and too much direct sunlight to me (hot and dry) Too muhc transpiration may be going on and basically "leaching" the plant of its water. I would certainly protect it from direct light and mkae it nice and shady with moderate temps (like 80-85F) It needs humidity, try to spray it with some distilled water, do NOT use the softened water, it spells death really quick for Nepenthes.

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