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    Ok so I was just sitting at my computer (as always) and my dogs started barking so I looked out the window and yelled "MAIL!" and the mail lady sat a big box down on my porch and I practically flew out the door and grabbed it. Though I wanted to tear the box to shreads I let my step brother open it, as soon as the tape was cut I ripped it open and pulled out my little Nepenthes Sanguinea "orange pitchers" from Cook's Carnivorous Plants! YAY! It is looking really good except for a few things that I'm paranoid about and decided to ask if it was okay.

    There are these little brownish markings on some of the leaves and I was just wondering if they were okay to be there? It's not like..diseased or anything is it?!

    When I took it out I untwisted a few of the leaves and took the little cap off of the pot and put it outside in the shade. It was really hot yesterday so I didn't want to overdo it with the sunlight. I stuck it in a VERY SHALLOW tray of distilled water and I also sprinkled some cool water overhead.

    I just checked it a little while ago and it looks fine, I actually think I have a new pitcher! It's really small compared to another pitcher that's on it but it's still a pitcher! WOOO! I think it's planted in pure Live Sphagnum Moss.

    So what does everyone think? Is it okay? It's not gonna be dead in a week is it? I'm soooo paranoid because I may have overestimated the difficulty of growing neps even though I got one of the easiest to grow! Oohhh man, someone please put my paranoia and worries to rest. x.x I think I need to stare at it for a bit to make sure it's not slowly crumpling up or something like that....
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    Sorry I can not help you with your leaves. Do you have a camera to post pictures, maybe someone else can help you.

    I remember how paranoid I was why I got my first nep. The ones that came after my first I had no paranoia, except my N. hamata. I think I was more paranoid then when I got my first nep.
    It seems neps to be a lot tougher then most give them credit for. Just give it some time to settle into the new conditions and it should be alright.


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    Sounds fine, the leaves probably just have rust spot, which should go away. Keep it in very mild conditions, NO direct sun, NO extreme temps and plenty of water.

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    Just rust spots? Whew...that's a relief... I'm glad to hear I'm not just a paranoid freak too... Even though I already know I am. ^_^

    As for it's conditions, I've been completely babying it. It only gets about 4-5 hours of direct sunlight in the morning and for the rest of the day it gets the shade. It seems completely content with its' conditions right now. I keep checking on it every hour or so to make sure the medium is still nice and moist. So far I haven't needed to water it today. I've heard stories of it rotting before so I'm using the water sparsely. It's looking good! Thanks for the support guys. ^_^
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    Wow...ok first take a deep breath and relax.....good. N. sanguinea is a very tough plant and I'm sure it will be fine...if anything DOES happen to it it definately won't be from neglect. I do have 2 suggestions. I would not use the tray method. This is unnecessary for neps. Second, if the plant is in 100% sphagnum moss, depending on the size of the plant, I would consider changing your medium to one that allows for quick easy drainage. One that I've had success with is one recommended in Peter D'Amato's Savage Garden and is made up of equal parts sphagnum peat, perlite, vermiculite and fine orchid bark. It will be essentially impossible to overwater your plant in this medium. I find that mine appreciates high humidity (over 70%), so depending on where you live and the humidity, it may be a good idea to mist it a few times a day.

    Good luck, you'll find that plant to grow like a weed!

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    It's a tough plant to grow? I heard it was one of the easiest. x.x

    It was only on the tray for one day to let some water soak in from shipping. I've heard stories about rotting a plant from overwatering it. So I'm aware of drainage issues it may have...and I'm worrying about them everyday. But I think I'm going to increase it's full sun period to like...6 hours so I can be sure that the soil drys out between waterings. I'm not sure if I'm going to do that yet though...

    Humidity has been crap for the past two days but before that it was VERY HUMID. I think that's why the biggest pitcher is closing.

    I don't have any vermiculite or orchid bark right now but I think I know where to get it. I've seen vermiculite at Lowes and I think I saw Orchid Bark too, I'm not sure though. I'll switch it when I get a bigger pot and the ingredients I need. Thanks for the tips!
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    "Tough" meaning 'hardy"...difficult to kill. Alata and ventricosa are 2 others which are good for beginners.
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    Yeah I've heard ventricosa was a good begginner, I didn't know that alata was though. Thanks for the info.
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