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    Someone please help me. As some of you know, I've had my ventricosa in my vivarium with firebellied toads for a long time. It's been in standing water, but seemed to like it. I mean, it was making leaves and everything seemed ok. I just noticed today that 3 of its leaves have turned black, and one is moldy. Plus, the "healthy" leaves are limp and wimpy. Can I still salvage my plant? I wanted it to pitcher soon, but I don't think it will until it grows new leaves, if it does at all. I need help!
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    Pics would greatly help in the diagnosis. As a rule, Nepenthes DO NOT like any standing water. Whatever 'cide' it takes to get rid ofthe mold, use it. Many leaves will turn black over time, without seeing a pic first i can't tell you whether to worry or not. I have had leaves turn limp when i under watered my plants.

    Again, pics will greatly help.

    Maybe the toads have something to do with it. They are poisonous to humans you know.
    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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    Sound like it might be root rot.
    When the roots rot it can not take water up and the leaves will get limp like the are wanting water.


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    If the growing tip is still green, cut it off and try to grow it as a cutting. I'd definitely agree that your ventricosa has root rot, and is dying. Black leaves, particularly when they come in rapid succession, are an extremely bad sign.

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