Pests and Diseases forum: Diseased Sarracenia

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mrpelafio
Apr 28, 2018 8:46 AM CST
Hi,

My Sarracenia is about 6 months old and survived through the German winter. It has fungus gnats, but I keep them down with sticky papers, I water her and try to keep the room at a decent temperature.

However, old growths (and new ones too, after enough time) begin looking dry and withering, some of them even presenting some white type of fungus (specially the smaller ones)

I'll attach pictures so you can better understand what I mean. What could this possibly be? What could I do? Thank you!
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 2, 2018 3:08 PM CST
Like most carnivorous plants, your Pitcher Plant is very temperamental and hard to keep alive for long outside of its native habitat. Indoors, it tends to do better in a terrarium where the humidity stays high and the potting soil stays damp. It does not tolerate dry air or soil that gets dry or stays too moist, In other words, there is little margin for error with this plant.

The presence of fungus gnats means the soil you used was contaminated with gnat larvae and perhaps other pathogens. In addition, the gnat larvae thrive in soil that is constantly damp.

It is a bit extreme and may not work, but you might consider replacing the potting soil with sphagnum moss. In doing so, you would have to be careful not to damage the roots. The sphagnum moss will be free of any pests or disease and is a bit easier to keep damp without suffocating the roots.
Will Creed
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mrpelafio
May 10, 2018 4:48 PM CST
Oh dear, I was so unaware of the sensitivity a plant can have when I got her. I will avoid getting non-autochthonous species in the future.

And I'll do as you say! Thank you.

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