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By Frothy_Milk
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Joined:  Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:39 pm
#292595
So my sarracenia Judith Hindle has this one pitcher that it has been trying to grow, and it hasn't been making any progress whatsoever. I also recently noticed some blotches as if aphids were chewing at it, but I doubt aphids are chewing on a single tiny pitcher. It is planted in peat and perlite sitting in a water tray with two inches of reverse osmosis water, and it gets sun for most of the day. This pitcher was put out a week or two ago, and has stayed the same size. Two new pitchers even fully outgrew it. Now that I think about it, it looks like the lid is growing backwards. Would anyone be able to tell me what is happening with this pitcher?

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By Frothy_Milk
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#292598
tannerm wrote:Looks like bug bites to me! And they ALWAYS go after the fresh growth, as it's the easiest and most tasty for them. Also, watch this on how to plant moss: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BOKvaoWAsFE


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Alright thanks I'll be on the lookout for bugs eating it. I also have watched a video by him where he does a top dressing only of sphagnum moss, would the method of planting it be better than just covering the top layer with heads?


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By tannerm
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#292599
Frothy_Milk wrote:
tannerm wrote:Looks like bug bites to me! And they ALWAYS go after the fresh growth, as it's the easiest and most tasty for them. Also, watch this on how to plant moss: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BOKvaoWAsFE


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Alright thanks I'll be on the lookout for bugs eating it. I also have watched a video by him where he does a top dressing only of sphagnum moss, would the method of planting it be better than just covering the top layer with heads?


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I know I've said this before, but get some neem. It works wonders for killing ANY pest without harming your plants.

As for the moss, most definitely - I can already see the tips browning. Ideally you never want to let them dry out too much. They grow vertically, just like plants and when you plant them into the soil vertically, it allows the water to travel up the "stems" and keeps them better hydrated. Make sure you're misting regularly if it's outside and also that it's out of the highest UV Index hours of sun for the day.


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By Frothy_Milk
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#292605
tannerm wrote:
Frothy_Milk wrote:
tannerm wrote:Looks like bug bites to me! And they ALWAYS go after the fresh growth, as it's the easiest and most tasty for them. Also, watch this on how to plant moss: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BOKvaoWAsFE


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Alright thanks I'll be on the lookout for bugs eating it. I also have watched a video by him where he does a top dressing only of sphagnum moss, would the method of planting it be better than just covering the top layer with heads?


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I know I've said this before, but get some neem. It works wonders for killing ANY pest without harming your plants.

As for the moss, most definitely - I can already see the tips browning. Ideally you never want to let them dry out too much. They grow vertically, just like plants and when you plant them into the soil vertically, it allows the water to travel up the "stems" and keeps them better hydrated. Make sure you're misting regularly if it's outside and also that it's out of the highest UV Index hours of sun for the day.


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I'm probably just going to remove the moss for now and let my sphagnum cultures get some good growth. Then when I repot everything next year early spring I'll put the whole stem of sphagnum in the pot.


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