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Old 1st May 2013, 05:18 AM
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Default Help! Stems drying out! (with pictures)

Hi everyone,

I apologize about the newbie double post but I realized the links to the pictures in my last post didn't work. I'll try to downsize to bullet points.

THE SITUATION:
- first time pitcher plant owner, purchased ~6 months ago
- grew brilliantly from two main plants (separated into two pots - each one now has a main and two baby plants)
- no change in watering or sunlight exposure





THE PROBLEM(S):
1. I noticed bottom leaves and stem on one plant is drying out/dying



I cut off the dead leaves but you can see the brown and the cuts from the dead leaves. I'm worried the roots have died and are slowly drying up the plant. Does anyone know potential causes of this? Should I propagate it? Repot it? Change watering habits/location?

2. And I'm not sure if this is related but there are clear, hard droplets on the stem/leaves of the main (same) plant. They look like drops of water but are hard to the touch.





Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 1st May 2013, 05:52 AM
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Default Re: Help! Stems drying out! (with pictures)

Welcome to the forum. You have nothing to worry about. The stems become woody as they age and that is what you have shown in the photo's. As for the droplets, they look like something excreted from the plant. Many plants use this type of thing to attract prey. I would not be worried about it. Just keep an eye out for fungal attacks such as sooty mould that may become a problem. I wouldn't expect it but better safe then sorry. Cheers.
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Old 1st May 2013, 05:57 AM
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Thank you, strath76! That definitely puts my mind at ease.

Based on the size of it, do you think I should do a cutting on the main plant?
It's grown out quite a ways and I'm concerned it's getting too heavy/would be better off being propagated.
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Old 1st May 2013, 11:11 AM
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If you would like more plants then it is certainly big enough to take cuttings off. I wouldn't be concerned about the weight/length of it. It won't do it any damage either way.
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Old 1st May 2013, 08:04 PM
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Great! Thanks again, Strath76.
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Old 8th May 2013, 08:17 AM
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It is probably the end of its life coming near.
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That's nothing wrong with your plant, don't worry. Probably you need to provide higher humidity to get it to pitcher for you. What species is this?
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