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My Alata has these weird spots on them, grayish in appearance. It's on some of its pitchers and all the pitchers are freshly opened, not even a month old. I have had this S.Alata for 3 years and it's never had this problem. And for now it's only on my S. Alata. Also the day before I noticed it but it wasn't as bad. Now I check up on it this morning and it spread even more on the effected leaves!

Hi Jesus,

It looks like a leaf miner or other insect pest is causing this.  If the gray patches look translucent, that's what it is.  It's caused by a little insect larvae eating inside the leaf tissue.  It may not be anything to worry about, but if it gets worse you may want to spray the plant with a systemic insecticide.  Also, make sure there's no leaf litter around the plant.  That's where the insect's that do this lay their eggs.  Here's a link to our podcast on safe insecticides for cp.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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