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.
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.
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.
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.
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
There are many ways you can do it. I use my fingers most of the time, even if you cant see what you are doing you can feel your way to where the leaf connects and gently pull downward. If you are nervous of doing damage to the plant you can use the eraser end of a pencil to get in there and gently push down where the leaf connects. You can use tweezers too. Just be careful! Sometimes leaves pull off easy, and sometimes especially with Hummers Giants, they are a bit more tougher to pull off.
All the best,
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. --- Eleanor Roosevelt
*** Growlist / Wants / Offers *** (with Pics)
May I ask how to distinguish between a hummer's giant, a germant giant, an australian giant, and a typical ceph? I've read that there are subtle differences in the ribs here and there but when I look at photos, they all look the same to me. I'm sorry!
This is what I noticed about Hummers Giants. The rib in the center of the pitcher grows very wide even from an early stage. Much wider than other large clones I've seen. I'm not sure what the german clone or others look like?