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Posted 06 March 2011 - 22:23 PM

Hi folks

Could someone please tell me what's wrong with my cobra liley?

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Main issue is shivelled tongue and red blotches?
Plant is kept outside - we have had a few weeks of snow a while ago about -5C
The tongue problem has been present since last summer at least
plants currently not in water as it's winter
In summer they stand in rain water from a water butt
Some of the cobra liley stems have twisted
Currently some red blotches on the plants
loads of new growth last summer through to late autumn

Update August 2011:
Plant is now repotted but I discovered that one of the problems was a massive attack of spiders - so much so that they had colonised the inside of the trumpets.I sprayed with insectacide but this has had limited effect.The plant is fairly healthy (I think?) but new growth is quickly attacked by the tiny spiders and also the trumpets look very mottled.
I am continuing to spray the plant but I think the insects are getting their own back re all the insects the Cobra Lily has consumed - poetic justice perhaps?
Hopefully the repotting should help - used equal parts of perlite,gardeners sand and Sphagnum peat moss?

Jonathan
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Edited by cobraliley, 05 August 2011 - 21:00 PM.


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Posted 06 March 2011 - 22:28 PM

your cobra looks fine!

although i suggest you repot it, and even divide it, looks like you can get a few plants outa there..
looks a bit cramp and the roots might be a bit congsted.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:28 AM

your cobra looks fine!

although i suggest you repot it, and even divide it, looks like you can get a few plants outa there..
looks a bit cramp and the roots might be a bit congsted.

ron



Thanks for your reply

However if you look closely at the close up of my cobra liley you can clearly see a shrivelled up tongue instaed of a long green and healthy tongue - it had been this way throughout the summer - could it be aphids?
also the purple blotches are a worry?

Jonathan
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 11:11 AM

if this is what your plant looks like now i'd stop worrying mine look awful after the beating this winters give them.
i'm sure someone else with more experience than me will have the answer but i believe that the red blotches are pysical damage to the plant tissue most probally caused by aphids and i'd also say the same for the tounge damage, one little nip while its still developing is all it takes (although i have a clone that never seems to give me a full tounge).
darlingtonia tubes naturally twist i think the common belief is this presents the trap openings to incoming prey but when you see the wild thickets of it i wonder why.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 11:39 AM

Seems like the tongues have lost water and have been unable to take it up from the frozen peat.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 13:53 PM

"..Its been this way throughout the summer" i know our summers are nothing to write home about but.....frozen peat in the summer? lol

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 20:06 PM

darlingtonia tubes naturally twist i think the common belief is this presents the trap openings to incoming prey but when you see the wild thickets of it i wonder why.


I read somewhere, that the twisting of Darlingtonias is that the plant is actually pointing in both North and South directions....I observed this with my

own Darlingtonia plant, and it seems to be that it is pointing North and South. These are just my observations...I hope someone who've heard of this

can share their Darlingtonia "Compass" experience...

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 08:46 AM

yes if you leave them unmoved the first pitchers of the year will face north and south theres a name for it but i cannee remember it!

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 13:53 PM

Hi Cobraliley

I agree with the previous sentiments, there doesnt apear to be any evidence of any great problem with that plant, in fact it looks remarkably healthy considering the winter its been through, mine look an awfull lot worse. It does look like a repotting would be benificial though.

Steve

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 19:05 PM

Your plant looks pretty healthy to me.
I also live in London and my two Darlingtonias stay outside for the whole year and look a complete mess at the moment....in fact they have only just started to recover from last winter and all the old pitchers are marked and damaged. I have always associated the dry edges to the 'tongue' to heat and a lack of moisture but normally only see it in the height of summer.
I wouldn't worry.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 20:48 PM

what's wrong with my cobra liley?

It's spelt wrong :blum3: