alecStewart1 wrote: ↑Mon Oct 02, 2023 9:46 pm
So is there anything I can do to help it come back?
As I'm sure you know and appreciate, it's incredibly difficult to diagnose an issue based on a few photos. There is so much background info that is helpful/needed, including light levels, water ppm, watering schedule, humidity . . .
But, without giving you a deposition to get some answers, I'll tell you want I see, and what are some ways you can look into helping it along.
The leaves look stressed, but not terribly so. So I'd make sure you stop changing variables on it, and give it time to recover, then reassess. If you keep changing too many variables too quickly, it'll stress it out more. So don't repot it, don't change the light level, don't change the watering schedule. Give it time, take notes, and reassess.
If you're concerned about the lack of pitchers, it can sometimes be from a number of more "common" issues. You can go through the list and see which one you think is triggering:
1. Stress (won't go too far into this one, hopefully you get the point).
2. Too little light. If the plant isn't getting enough light, it won't want to grow quickly, as it lacks the energy to grow, so it doesn't need the food. You can usually get a good indication on light levels based on the color of the leaves though. The lighter the color, the less light it's getting. Pale green means low light. Rich dark green means more light. Red/blotchy means too much light. Each nepenthes has different preferences for light levels though (I have a hamata that likes to be sunburned, while I have another that likes to be kept in the shade).
3. Too little humidity. If the plant isn't getting enough humidity it will try to pull moisture and humidity in from the leaves. Which means it'll terminate pitcher production.
4. Too little food. This one is a little odd, but occasionally a nepenthes will toss off pitchers. If it gets fed, it turns the energy into new growth, starts going, and tosses off more pitchers to get more food to feed the additional growth. If it tosses off a pitcher, and doesn't get fed, occasionally it'll slow down it's own growth, terminate the pitcher, and not try again. As there is less growth to fuel, it doesn't need new pitchers. This one is rare in my opinion.
5. PPM or nutrient burn. If some minerals are left over in your water, or in the media, sometimes it'll burn the growth points for the pitchers. You can usually tell this is happening in other areas though, as the plant starts getting leaf burn, looking pathetic, wilting, and so forth.
If I had to guess, I'd say it's the first one. In which case the only thing that will help it is time. Some nepenthes get over their temper tantrums faster than others. I've had some that get over it in a month, and others that it took 8 months for it to consider not pouting anymore. So give it time. If after a sufficient amount of time you don't see changes, I'd go down that list, checking one variable at a time.