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    Looks like it went through a nuclear reactor...

    I don't know about everyone else, but it looks like you may have a root problem in addition to all your other worries. Those floppy stems usually come with root damage.

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    I think bicalcarata really don't like shipping.

    I know that they are sensitive plants otherwise -- thanks to all the helpful posters in this forum, in fact. But, that looks exactly like what one of my bicalcarata looked like when it got here + a couple days. As I said, the damage was almost that bad. The newest leaf had no damage, but was tiny. That's almost a push.

    I think it will live if you give it good conditions for a while. My whole attitude about carnivorous plants has changed over the last few months. Some ugly looking plants have turned out to be pretty tough: if you can get the conditions right, clean them up, and leave them alone to recover.

    Mine get weather from about 85 - 70 F, so far. The humidity has been over 60% most of the time. We've had a lot of rain. Also, I make sure the bicalcarata sit right next to the hot tub -- "free" humidity. Both are coming back strong.

    The smaller of the two actually did better in shipping, but still worse than the other plants in its shipment.

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    Well, a little update.

    I re-potted it in a mix that will better retain moisture. I cut all the deadness away and put him a little closer to the light. I have got my temps into the high 70's but I just can't seem to push them any higher. I hate to buy anything else for this tank because I plan on moving everything into a 55gal. very soon.

    So, I can just hope and pray.


    Casper

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    Sorry to be late to reply, but here we go.

    That looks like cold damage to me. Not severe, but enough to make a lowlander flirting with death. I think it might make it if you treat it with mild temperatures. Don't jump it to 80 or higher, the cells are very stressed and need a chance to get water moving within them again to start to rebuild the structures and eventually grow. Worst thing you can do is increase temps and lower humidity. Keep humidity as high as you can get it and temps in the high 60's to mid 70s like 68F night and 77 day is a mild recuperating climate. Got an superthrive? If my plants seem to look bad I'll shoot them a few drops of it diluted in water to perk them back away from death. I have seen plants make it back from that state so god speed and good luck.

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