You are here:

Carnivorous Plants/What are the red spots on my Nepenthes Venticosa?

Advertisement


Question
Venticosa
Venticosa  
venticosa
venticosa  
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
http://www.cobraplant.com

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

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.

Sincerely,

Weylin Callery

Answer
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
http://www.cobraplant.com

Carnivorous Plants

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Sarracenia Northwest

Expertise

If your carnivorous plant is showing poor growth, discoloration, abnormal leaves or possible infestation, the expert growers at Sarracenia Northwest can help! They have a great depth of experience dealing with diseases, pathogens, and abnormal growth in carnivorous plants.

Before submitting your question, please read their care guides on their main website. Many issues can be addressed by simply adjusting your growing conditions as recommended in the care guides. Click here to read the care guides.

Over 8,800 questions answered since 2005!

Experience

Jeff and Jacob are owners and growers of Sarracenia Northwest. They've been in business since 1995. Watch their professionally produced DVDs, Grow Carnivorous Plants. It is a three-volume set that covers all aspects of carnivorous plant care. They literally show you how to be a successful grower! http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com/dvd

Education/Credentials

No terrariums. No myths. No nonsense.
Just the straight facts from guys who grow and propagate
thousands of carnivorous plants each year.


PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR QUESTION:
Our focus is to help help growers diagnose a specific plant problem and offer solutions. For example:
  • Why is my sundew not producing dew?
  • Is now a good time to divide my Sarracenia?
  • Why are the traps turning black?
  • What's a good substitute for perlite?
  • Why didn't my seeds germinate?
  • How do you deal with pests?
  • Can you identify this carnivorous plant for me?
We no longer answer general, how-to questions that are already posted on our website or demonstrated in our DVDs. For general plant care, please read our care guides:
http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com/careguides

For business questions:
http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com/contact


Youtube Facebook
Follow us on Youtube and Facebook!


©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.