I am looking for someone that would be willing to help me with some questions and/or advise. Unfortunately, we live in a very rural area, where there is no one that knows anything about
carnivorous plants locally.
A good friend was given (free of cost) a Nepenthes alata "as is" by a local hardware store that said it was dead and/or considerably damaged. They told him the plant was received by their distributors by mistake. He took it home, kept it for about a week, and then decided he didn't want it anymore. I asked him if I could have it ... I thought it should have a chance, right?
The plant originally had rotting pitchers on every leaf.... I cut the bad pitchers off and now only one pitcher remains. (The remaining pitcher has a large cut in the side of it, yet currently its still looking good.) Now most of the leaves are either bent (the main vein of many leaves are broken) or have black "dead" areas on them. It looks like there are two actual plants in one pot? From what I can tell, the tops of the plants were cut or ripped off, does this mean the plant is ruined?? I have pictures I took if that would be helpful.
I'd like to know what I should do with it as I would like to save it if possible. I don't know if its a "highland" or "lowland" verity or anything like that. Furthermore, I don't know if I should cut off the plant and see if it will grow again. Is that called a "cutting," and if so, can a cutting mature into a normal regular plant? I guess what I'm asking is if someone could help with identifying the plant and suggesting what pruning would be best, the sex of the plant, etc., etc. Currently, its been hanging in especially high humidity, strong indirect light, and mist it with distilled water several times a day. Thank you again for any advise offered.