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Tropicat

What is this white stuff on my Nepenthes leaves?

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Two weeks ago the leaves of my N. spectabilis started to look a bit different from my other Nepenthes'.
I haven't seen this before and the old leaves are still green and smooth.

Does anyone know why the leaves suddenly have this white layer and what it is? See photos below.

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I reckon it's something that develops as the plant matures, maybe also in response to its environment (lower humidity = more wax?), but that's just an "educated guess". Plants are not new to me, but Nepenthes are (~8

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Could it be accumulation of salt, or fertiliser?

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I dont fertilise my nepenthes and i only give them rainwater. I have moved some nepenthes around, and noticed it disappeared from the leaves now. I think it is when direct sunlight hit the leaves that the leaves responded with this. They dont have leafburn. Im still not sure what to think of it.

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Some of my spectabilis and spectabilis hybrids do this. It's the only species to do this and I don't have much idea why it happens but it doesn't seem to do them any harm. I think it happens to me when I let them dry out a bit sometimes, so maybe this is the problem?


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I have also noticed it on some of the leaves of my N. sanguinea, but i don't think that one is pure. It could be a hybrid. I have moved them around a bit so they are not in the sunlight anymore. My neps dont really dry out, i water them every other day. It could be low humidity, so im trying to raise that as well.  I'm still trying to figure out what exactly causes it, if i think i figured it out i will let you know.

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Im not sure what it is, but since the environment has an influence on it, I have the feeling its a protective meganism from the plant to sth bad in the environment. For now im blaming low humidity.

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