- Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:38 pm
Could be. I've been trying to find the source of my aphid problems for a while now. The majority of my plants were never affected but if I prune a bonsai or something I grow indoors, the hive comes out for dinner (they particularly love weak and new growth). I hadn't seen them for months and then all the sudden they're hugging a petio and some of my pinguicula. Thankfully it isn't nearly as serious. I pluck them off and feed them to the plant to deliver righteous justice.
Pests can have all kinds of ill effects on plants but I'm inclined to believe that you're right in that stress is the likely culprit. I received my Sarracenias from a known breeder who does his due diligence with the plants. I noticed species react differently to shipping. I received an Alata which responded within a couple of weeks with its new pitcher. The Flavas however (I got 3 of those, they're my top choice) took a long time to show growth. I didn't expect them to really launch this season, more establish themselves. I didn't see any real growth out of them for a few months and now the season is winding down. I hope to see different plants come spring time.
The one leuco hybrid I have (judith hindle) actually did pretty good this season considering it was shipped mid-late spring with 2 pitchers. Size is a factor there too I'm sure. I'm thinking a couple of my plants are seed grown so they're not growing with the same vigor. If you're emulating nature with your grow setup, I would wager you'll also see an entirely different container next season.
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