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The photo I added shows my one Darlingtonia growth for this year looking thin and twisty instead of looking like the new ones look like on my other plant. The regular looking ones are from last year.

What do you think is the cause and what can I do about it?

Hi Jack,

Those pitchers do look rather damaged and malformed. I would suspect pests either on the leaves themselves when they are young, or pests living under the soil surface feeding on the root system of the plant. Use pesticides that do not contain soap or fertilizers to kill pests.

I have only limited experience with Darlingtonia, so you should also ask the other experts on this site for their store of knowledge. They may have other insights as to what is happening to your plant.  

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Christopher Littrell


I am capable of answering questions about the most common carnivorous plants found in cultivation. I have no personal experience with Byblis, Drosophyllum, Aldrovanda, and Heliamphora. I have not cultivated gemmae forming pygmy sundews nor tuberous sundews. For information regarding those aforementioned species, I would suggest contacting other experts. I can answer questions regarding most species of Nepenthes, tropical and temperate Drosera, Mexican Pinguicula, Sarracenias, and Dionaea. I have some limited experience with growing Utricularia, Cephalotus, and Darlingtonia.


I have grown carnivorous plants off and on for about 27 years. I have made the same mistakes and suffered the same mishaps that many growers make as they attempt to separate the myths from the realities of growing these plants. Currently, I am successfully growing a variety of tropical sundews, a Nepenthes, several Venus Flytraps of varying ages, and Sarracenias. I have been successful in stratifying Sarracenia seeds and providing artificial dormancy requirements for my temperate plants when needed.

I hold a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. Over my lifetime, I have constantly read books involving the growing conditions of carnivorous plants. I hope to incorporate the educational aspects involved in psychology with teaching other people how to cultivate carnivorous plants.

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