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    I just checked my nepenthes and i found this as shown in the picture i was like what! i had this plant growing extremely well for almost 2 years now. all thats left is some basal shoots from the bottom. I dont know what the cause of this was it might be from root rot. As it is growing in pure peat and that doesnt drain much. It was my first nepenthes so i didnt know about the drainage part so i put pure peat. In which all my nepenthes now are grown in peat , spagnum, perlite. This is how it looks now.


    Its getting worse and today its mostly all black. there is some mold /fungus growing on the dead stem.







    This is how it looked just last month.

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    Pure peat? Yikes.
    1) cut away all dead material
    2) remove from pot, and check roots.
    3) repot what's left in new, fresh media
    4) treat as cutting

    You may luck out. Sanguinea is a hardy sucker, and may just pull through.

    Also, I would keep it AWAY FROM ALL OTHER NEPS in case there is a pathogen of some sort.
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    Yeah, what he said.

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    Yup, peat is a big no no. Repot and decrease watering, the roots are in need of drying out, let them babies breathe!

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    (I'm NepenthesMaster in disguise got it?)
    Okay, pure peat is EVIL for Nepenthes. Repot in to a better drained soil. Let it dry out for a while. Pray that it makes it. It may, as was stated before, sanguinea's pretty hardy. It's the only plant i've given my friend that he didn't kill yet. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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    I think that is exactly what schloaty & Nep G already stated.
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    I guess it is, but i always think it's better to get info from multiple people, regardless of how knowledgeable the people who already told me are, it reassures me that what i am told really works.

    Also, that's what i would have done in that situation anyway.
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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    Looks like it got some disease into the main stem. Probably came up through the roots. Once the main stem is infected there is usually little that can be done. It spreads up the stem very fast and by the time you see the growth point blackening the whole stem is infected. IF your really lucky you might be able to save the basal shoots. They appear unaffected so far. I would consider cutting the largest one off and try rooting it. Just be sure that when you cut it the stem inside shows absolutely no sign of brown.

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