Carnivorous Plants/Truncata


Torn Truncata leaf
Torn Truncata leaf  
Hey guys, Jason from Arizona here. Take a look at this picture and see what you think. This is my Truncata. The plant is growing very well with large colorful pitchers. However, a few of the new leave always get what you see. The bigger the leaves get it does this. Low humidity? There are no pests on it. Anyway thanks. Jason

Hi Jason,

What this looks like is that some kind of damage is occurring to the leaf when the leave is very young and developing.  It could be some kind of physical damage, or it could be a bug that takes a bite out, then moves on.  It does have that irregular look of a chewing insect.  The insect probably isn't there now, and Nepenthes are probably distasteful to caterpillars/snails/slugs which might do something like this.  I would just be on the lookout for a critter crawling around at night. (I've had slugs get on my orchids in the house that I had do idea where there until a hole like you have pops up.)

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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