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Heliamphora
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My heliamphora is having brown spots and some brown tips. I have them in tray method and they receive cold distilled water. I am using 1 T8 double fixture with 2 32W 6500K 2825lumens bulbs and 1 T12 double fixture with 2 40W 2700K 1600lumens bulbs. The media is long fiber Sphagnum Moss and on the top has live Sphagnu Moss. What is causing this ?

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Hi Andre,

Mostly just age is causing the brown spots.  Your plant looks perfectly normal, and your growing conditions are good.  Brown tips are totally normal as leaves age, especially in a warmer climate such as yours.  The only modification I would make is to be sure that your pot does not sit in water.  Keep your soil wet, but not in constant standing water; waterlogged roots will rot.  Every picture in nature you see of Heliamphora they are in wet conditions, but in moving water.  Just like Darlingtonia, they are used to that constant flow of cool, oxygenated water over their roots.  Fortunately they are not as fussy as Darlingtonia, but I've lost quite a few over the years to keeping too much water in their trays.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest
http://www.cobraplant.com

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