My nervous hand-wringing about this plant hasn’t stopped, but I have a small victory to share.
The new leaf is out! Did have to coax it out of the cataphyll since the top was stuck, so there’s some growth damage. It IS still very small and immature (cries), but the lobes are getting a bit more definition. Here it is on 7/10/2020, almost unfurled:
All the nurseries and hardware stores in town have been out of terracotta pots for over a month now! Because of the generous root system on this plant forcing me to pot it in the 8″ plastic pot that almost drowned my nepenthes, the soil moisture level was so high I didn’t water it for almost a month.
I met a few friends for a socially-distant bike-and-brew-coffee-by-the-river date and one of them generously offered an 8″ clay pot he had sitting around.
It was glazed on the outside and round instead of tall, so I transplanted my ponytail palm into it and swapped the dark lord into the palm’s 8″ terracotta.
Doing this gave me a good look at the root system (NO ROTTING). Some of the growth points down by the roots were getting big, including one just below the surface of the soil! I made the decision to lower the soil level in the repot so it could find light. Here it is on 7/10/2020:
I was wondering that would kill it, but the next morning it had already started forming a leaf! All my photos from then are a bit fuzzy, so here’s what it looks like today 7/13/2020:
Success! I wonder if or when the other growth points will emerge?
This is still such a juvenile form of this gorgeous gothy plant, but it’s living up to the “easy quick growing” reputation. Can’t wait to continue documenting the new growth point. Here’s to hoping the next top leaf will start getting darker, more mature coloration!