|WOW!!! I was just about to write the same message. *I would really like to know what is going on too.|
The only difference though is that some of the leaves to the trap are wrinlke as if they were not getting enough water and than overwater. *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] yet, i am constant. *The plants are sitting in a water tray. - Distill water.
Please - help the both of us.
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Where on the leaf is wrinkling? Is there any discoloration or color change?
How long ago did you receive it? Did you buy it at a store or was it shipped from a nursery?
Lithops care info: If you take care of it, it will die.
They are wrinkle just below the trap. *Some of the traps that want close are red but they are suppose to be common VFTs.
One of them have a brown hole. *The other are green. *Now, up until two weeks ago the ones that turned black had replacemnet traps coming out. *Now, [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] I don't know what is going on.
I got the plants (6) in late February.
They were purchase at the nursey. *I got the best of the lot because I did not want to hear my wife complaining about me nursing plants back to life again. *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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only rainwater that is clean, distilled or r.o. water. *Not tap water or mineral water.
Feeding a couple or three bugs a month is MORE than enough.
Definately would like to have some more light; if you put it in a sunny window; definately leave the top off so you won't steam cook your plant.
Feed only insects, not people food of any kind; hamburger, etc. WILL certainly at least kill the trap if not the whole plant.
Flies, small crickets, etc. work fine as long as the insects are no larger than say 2/3 of the trap size.
It is common for the trap to die after digesting a large meal; even if it's the first meal. *
Keep plant standing in a tray of water, especially if its in a real sunny location in this growing season. * Don't let the soil stay waterlogged on a long term basis, if growing indoors; occasionally, let the growing medium go to damp to help oxygenate the soil; but for the most part; keep medium damp to wet all the time for now. *your planting medium may be real compacted and root bound; so replant using Canadian Spaghnum peat moss, and half perlite or silica sand.
For a single plant; a 3 to 4 inch pot is more than large enough and I've experienced much more robust growth when in a smaller pot when the plant doesn't concentrate on root development. *You will get larger traps in a smaller pot. *Use a plastic or glazed ceramic pot, but not a shallow one. *Pot should be as deep as it is wide, as a GENERAL rule of thumb.
Don't tamp the soil at all after repotting; just tap the container on the table after your plant is repotted and that is all the tamping you need to do. *Peat is real dense. Forget all you learned about regular house plants; it doesn't apply to these unique plants.
Fertilizer will kill your plant;
Water good, and see if it snaps out of it.
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Poster 1: Make sure you are using distilled water. Otherwise, I think all your plants traps are worn out. It should recover np with some time to grow new traps. Just remove the dead leaves as they go.
Poster 2: Their are several things that could be your plants problems. They may be going crash dorment, one of mine did this recently. However, if I had to make a stab in the dark, I'd say your conditions are too wet. Terrarium VFT really shouldn't be kept in standing water, weekly tray watering to saturation should be effective in keeping the soil moist without letting the water become stagnent and yeild root rot.
It's hard to say exactly what the issue is, could you tell us a pattern of leaf death (how it spreds accross the leaf and what colors you get)?
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Darcie, just to confuse things, what do you think of this: I keep all my VFT's on the tray method 24/7 in 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water....That's pretty wet. They all thrived. How wet is too wet? I know they do generally grow where it's not always waterlogged, but I find (in my limitted experience) that they are quite water-hardy (can you say "water-hardy?")
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