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

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    I think NG summerized my thinking also.

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    Time for desparate measures = cuttings. Try save the last bit of bical if you can, doesn't mater if the main plant dies, its too risky for the 'healthy part' otherwise the dying plant might just drag all the others (potential cuttings) along.

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    I would deffinately NOT cut it!!! Removing the top section from it's roots is not going to help its stress but increase it instead. There is no reason to believe there is a problem with the root system or stem that is causing this. Except perhaps some damage during repotting and the plant is no longer able to absorb enough water to keep the leaf mass turgid. I am sure the roots are still functioning though or the whole plant would have wilted in a matter of hours and flopped to the ground. The problem is they are not functioning to their prior capacity and the plant needs some TLC while it recooperates and makes new roots.

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    aaah i guess we were wrong jason, thanks tony!

    you could try using b1 or superthrive if you havn't already.

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    Bad luck Todd. N. bicalcarata is one of those species that is usually not possible to save when it's in the state you describe. I've had similar problems with repotting really large plants, they don't seem to like the root disturbance at all. Doesn't seem to be the case for smaller plants though.

    This is a species that really sucks up water if the humidity is a bit low and if the roots happened to be damaged too, then, well... Guess it's too late now but I would have tried trimming some of the leaves back at the first sign of leaves curling, either that or put water in the pitchers.
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    My N. bicalcarata photos.my nbical

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    Todd,

    Just out of curiosity, what did Bruce have it potted in? That looks like a very barky soil you are using, and bicals like peaty soils to pure LF sphagnum.

    Cheers,

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    it looks like it's planted in pure orchid mix. lets HOPE that's just a topdressing.

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