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    Sickly Truncata

    So, I have a nepenthes truncata that doesn't seem to be doing to well. Its newest leaf turned brown, while the older leaves are still greenish. It is producing new growth (slowly). Is that a good sign? Will it be ok? And is it supposed to grow painfully slow?

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    Truncata does grow slowly but that does not look very good. What are your temperatures like? How wet is the media being kept?

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    The media is kept moist. The temps are in the mid eighties during the day and mid to low seventies at night. Could it be that the light intensity burnt it? It was nice and green when I got it, but I immediately put it under some pretty strong flourecent grow lights.

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    This does not look like burn is the main issue, although the older leaves do look a bit red. Truncata also seems to do well with a lot of light and fluorescent lights should be great for it. The plant does look in bad shape, since both the newer leaf and older leaves are browning. I would try to repot it and check the roots, keep under a good amount of light and circulation, and hope for the best.

    Truncata should also be fine if your conditions get a bit more dry, which you may want if the rot is indeed happening.
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    Ok, I will definitely repot it. Also, the growth point seems to be brown, but still has green in it. Would this be a problem too?

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    This is what the roots looked like. I'm not sure if they are supposed to look this way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlantBoi View Post
    This is what the roots looked like. I'm not sure if they are supposed to look this way?

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    yes, the roots are fine.
    However it is more than likely doomed now that it has been uprooted.

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    This looks like the plant was subjected to frost; was this a very recent acquisition that may have experienced unwelcome outdoor temperatures? N. truncata can take a lot of light, and sunburnt leaves (from strong lights etc.) turn various shades of red before going at worst to a crispy, lighter brown while this looks like severe cold damage. As brown as the most recent leaf and bud are I would not expect much.
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