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    Loss of Foliage

    Does anyone have experience growing Utricularia blanchetti before? I received some a few months ago and it was in bloom, but now I can't find any stolons on the clump of moss it used to be in. Has this happened to anyone before? I read on Barry Rice's FAQ that this happens, but I would like some confirmation, if possible.
    Below are photographs of the foliage before and after it seemingly disappeared. Normally I would just assume it died but I have tricolor, praelonga, and parthenopipes in the exact same growing conditions and they have all produced new growth, so I'm not sure what is going on.


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    Maybe a too compact soil ??

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    Hmm, maybe. It's pure peat moss that's kept constantly wet and at basically 100% humidity. It does seem like a fragile plant compared to the other Utricularia growing in the tub. I hope there is still something alive under the soil. The tricolor's stolons shrank a lot, and it took a while to recover from the transplant, so I hope that is the case here.

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    perhaps it may be due to rot from poor aeration in the soil from being kept too wet always with little oxygen, same reason i assume my utricularia nephrophylla slowly declined, thats why im always afraid on using peat for my utrics.
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    For what it's worth - I grow U. blanchetii in drier conditions than I think your picture shows. I'm not terribly experienced with this species but it has been growing well for me and blooms constantly. The medium I use is constantly moist but is well-drained. Maybe drying it out some would make a difference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanukimo View Post
    Does anyone have experience growing Utricularia blanchetti before?
    Of the little, weedy utrics - this species was quite tender for me - unlike most of the others.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanukimo View Post
    Normally I would just assume it died but I have tricolor, praelonga, and parthenopipes in the exact same growing conditions and they have all produced new growth, so I'm not sure what is going on.
    Apples & oranges. Section Foliosa utrics (tricolor & praelonga) are notably weedy & super robust.

    I suspect Bluemax's advice is worth following.
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    Thank you for the advice, everyone. Bluemax, could you specify what growing medium you are using? Is it long-fibered sphagnum, or a mixture of peat and something else? I hope it's not too late to save the plant.

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    I'm using a rather chunky mix of peat, sand and perlite. Maybe 4:2:1. I also top water about twice a week, which is a little unusual. Most of my utrics don't seem to like that.

    These photos were taken around a month ago but the pot still looks about the same:

    Utricularia blanchetii



    I hope this helps.
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