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Like the prodigal son I return the the place it all started to throw myself on the wisdom of my betters.

My D. capensis are looking very sorry for themselves, I have tried flushing the media through with clean water, I have changed the media, I have moved some to other brighter locations but no matter what I do all new growth comes up looking... odd (see images) even in the growth stage you can see it is going to come up odd and then I get this pointed formation that browns and dies back. I have in the same pots a few that are not showing this odd formation. I let them grow for a bit as I know they can do strange things but all new growth for about 5 months has been like this. So does anyone know the reason behind this.

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Hi Bacchus,

That's a really intriguing problem!

I have some experience with them, but I'm not an expert, so my guesses are not enough sunlight? Not enough humidity?

Karsty.

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This is on multiple plants but different pots?

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22 minutes ago, Karsty said:

Hi Bacchus,

That's a really intriguing problem!

I have some experience with them, but I'm not an expert, so my guesses are not enough sunlight? Not enough humidity?

Karsty.

I haven't yet tried to up the humidity but I'll give it a go and see if it helps, not like it can relay get any worse lol.

12 minutes ago, Gaz said:

This is on multiple plants but different pots?

Some in pots on their own, some in pots on 3 and only one will have it or all 3. I'd say out of about 20 plants in the same place 18 have this the other look fine.

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Some in pots on their own, some in pots on 3 and only one will have it or all 3. I'd say out of about 20 plants in the same place 18 have this the other look fine.
What compost are you using? Are you sure it doesn't have added fertiliser or other contaminants? Are you using only rain water?

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sorry...double post

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4 minutes ago, Gaz said:

What compost are you using? Are you sure it doesn't have added fertiliser or other contaminants? Are you using only rain water?

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I'm using rain water and gave them a good washing about a two months ago to flush out any build up of anything nasty. Some are growing in live sphagnum others in chopped dead sphagnum. My first thought was some sort of mineral build up or such but I even changed the sphagnum for a clean start and no joy. 

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23 minutes ago, mark funnell said:

Cant see the pics. Mine are potted up in peat-perlite mix and do just fine. 

Sorry photobucket being a pain, I have used peat mix in the past but like to grow my own media now. 

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i think that's your problem,nothing in moss at all,no trace elements,no minerals nowt!   they are starving.

its only a drosera that usually is a weed in collections but give it a chance and pot it in something with a bit of substance

ada

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44 minutes ago, ada said:

its only a drosera that usually is a weed

Aww lol. I know it's a bit of a fire and forget plant but I still have a soft spot for the little guys. I'll see if some peat will perk them up but they did have a steady supply of fruit flies before this odd growth.

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On 29/09/2017 at 6:02 PM, ada said:

they are starving.

 

ada

Looks like you could be on to something. I hit some with some orchid feed and the 'very early' signs look promising. Looks like the myriad of bugs they were eating where lacking in something. I'm thinking it could be a potassium deficiency.

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