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    I have a D. nidiformis leaf that has been floating in a container of distilled water for a couple of weeks. It is producing at least one plantlet off the lamina. Very easy. A number of plants will do this so...perhaps try an experiment. Try a leaf pull or cutting in soil...and one in water. See which produces most easily.

    It is usually easier to get basal tissue (the whiter stem at the base of a leaf) if you pull it off instead of cutting it off. Just be careful and do it gently.
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    Hmm I find D. nidifomis hard to make cuttings of. Maybe it's jsut my plant.

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    If you haven't tried them in pure water, give it a shot. Seems to work quite well with some drosera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I put a D. binata leaf in a capped 50 ml centrifuge tube a few weeks ago. To my surprise and amazement, yesterday, I counted 15-20 points of new growth; that is, new plants. It's like having a D. filiformis.
    Jim,
    Curious about some of the details:
    - was there water in the tube?
    - lighting intensity & duration?
    - temps (approx)?

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I have a D. nidiformis leaf that has been floating in a container of distilled water for a couple of weeks. It is producing at least one plantlet off the lamina.
    PAK,
    - lighting intensity & duration?
    - temps (approx)?

    Thanks folks for any details you can provide. I regularly propagate all of my plants (sometimes too much). Usually I place them in live sphagnum in an east window in one of those little plastic sandwich clamshells. Based on various posts (going back to at least 2002), it seems a lot of people have had success with distilled H2O - so I'm trying that with some plants. Some people use just window light, some use incandescent, some use fluorescent, some for 24/7.... What works for you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (RL7836 @ April 29 2005,7:33)]
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I put a D. binata leaf in a capped 50 ml centrifuge tube a few weeks ago. To my surprise and amazement, yesterday, I counted 15-20 points of new growth; that is, new plants. It's like having a D. filiformis.
    Jim,
    Curious about some of the details:
    - was there water in the tube?
    - lighting intensity & duration?
    - temps (approx)?
    Hi Ron,

    I tried several leaves in separate 50 ml capped centrifuge tubes, filled to 90 % capacity with deionized water.

    The total failures were: C. follicularis, VFT, P. "Sethos". In complete contrast, the D. binata & filiformis were astonishing successes. I simply placed at a SW - facing window sill. No other chemicals were used.

    I now have another experimental set up with a shallow tray with sand & peat, topdressed with (currently) dried LFS. I also have the live to use. It is at a SE window and loosely covered with saran wrap. It is partial filled with DI water, but not saturated. I am certainly open to suggestions. I have leaves of two varieties of Mexican pings, several VFT's, D. filiformis, and C. follicularis.

    Should I substitute the live LFS and/or keep uncovered? Should I have at the SW sill?

    I had success with a C. follicularis leaf when I had it in a baggie, partially embedded in the media, sealed, and at the SW sill.

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