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    LLeopardGGecko,
    That plant is in a six inch pot. Believe me it was real heavy and tricky to mail all potted up!
    I think it was seven pounds.
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    Oh ok, I don't use that kind of lighting. I'll have to check into it though.
    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMatt View Post
    LLeopardGGecko,
    That plant is in a six inch pot. Believe me it was real heavy and tricky to mail all potted up!
    I think it was seven pounds.
    JMatt
    That's incredible! You get major points for packing it so well, since it looks as if the plant arrived unscathed. Do you know how old that specimen is?

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    Surprisingly not that old. It was just a leaf, or pitcher cutting two years ago. I can't remember which it was? I would have to look back in old photos. I use Dip N Grow liquid rooting hormone and the cuttings over time form these massive clumps with many growing points.
    Some grow quicker than others and on a few occasions I have even broke free the original leaf I took the cutting with and reused it for another cutting. Right now is a great time to take cuttings. They root great in cooler weather. I have done it in the summer, but always get better results during the fall/winter.
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    Fascinating information. I've got a Hummer's Giant growing peacefully in a 10 gallon tank of my own. I've had it for quite some time but I change its conditions way too often. As a result it's in a perpetual state of recovery.

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    Thanks everyone for the comments. I have taken a few cuttings from the plant but I am unsure if I can take the cut near the end of the leaf or if it has to be at the base close to the stem. I've soaked the leaves in superthrive and dipped in rootone. Then into the NZ LFS.

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    Always try and get the leaf to break off right where it connects to the stem.
    You want to see a little of the white tissue from the stem on the end of your cutting.
    A cutting broken off before the connection at the stem generally will not work.
    Live sphagnum moss works real good for taken cuttings! It acts as a natural fungicide.
    What I do sometimes is just put live sphagnum in a Tupperware bowl, put your cuttings in and cover the cut ends with the sphagnum. Cover the container with the lid it has and keep cool and bright. When you see the roots about an inch long carefully re pot trying not to break the roots in peat, sand, perlite mix. You can also root them in rock wool cubes. Once rooted just place the rockwool cube in a bigger pot with your peat, sand, perlite mix.
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    Thanks JMatt. As for taking the cutting, how should I go about going through the plant to get to the stem? The plant is a twirly mess of growth points and while that's good, it makes leaf pulling a pain. Any tips on that as well? Thanks

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