Carnivorous Plants/Nepenthese

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Nepenthese
Nepenthese  

Nepenthese
Nepenthese  
Why is this plant or leaf ripping apart and is this okay. Also I don't understand why this one is leaf is forming weird  is this normal. When I saw other leaders they just look straight but I guess not

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Hi Krist,

Your Nepenthes (correct spelling) has nothing wrong with it.  What's happening is the nursery has taken cuttings from the plants before being sold to get more starts.  You have a new shoot developing at the dormant node.  This over time will develop into another branch on the plant.  The first few leaves that develop will often be odd or misshaped, but they will be normal with successive leaves.  It's also a technique to keep the plants bushier since most Nepenthes are vines, and have a tendency to produce very long climbing stems.  In nature they climb up trees and shrubs.  By taking cuttings like this you keep the plant manageable, and get new plants too.

Good Growing!

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

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