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QUESTION: Allexperts,

What are these red spots on the leaves of this plant?  I think there some kinda of fungus.  I just what to hear what you guys have to say.  I have attached a picture of the plant.  This started about a week ago.  Thats when I first noticed this problem.  Thank you so much for answering my question.  

General information:
water: Distilled
Light : CFL 60 Watts bulb
on a 12 hour timer

ANSWER: Hi Weylin,

I don't think the red spots amount to much, but your plants look dehydrated.  How close is your light, and what is the temperature right on the plants?  Try laying a small thermometer on the plant or the soil surface to see what the temperature is.  Also, is your CFL an actual 60 watt, or 60 watt equivalent?  Also, do your plants sit in water? (Like you might do for a sundew.)

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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QUESTION: Allexperts,

Good to know about the red spots.  The lights is about 3 inches away from the plant.  The temperature around plant is 73- 74 degress.  The lights is 60 watt equivalent.  The plants sits in a saucer.  So yes,it is  kinda sundew like where this plant grows.  What can I do get the plant out of the dehydrated funk it finds itself currently in. Thank you for your time. If there is anything I missing that is of importance please let me know.


Weylin Callery

Hi Weylin,

You could be getting some root rot if the plant is waterlogged.  With any Nepenthes, top-water until you get runoff, but don't allow the pot to sit in water the way you would for bog species of cp.  Also, if you're using coffee fertilizer on this plant, stop.  Since coffee is an organic fertilizer it needs bacteria to break it down to work, and that may happen more easily in a larger pot and plant, but may not with little ones.  Since you just lost your N. jamban, it looks like something in your growing technique is causing roots to rot.  Too wet or too much coffee would do it.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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