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    I have a basal shoot on my N. x ediensis. It didn't start growing until 2 months when I first noticed it. It's 3rd leave is going to send out a pitcher, I thought basal shoots didn't grow unless you chopped the plant. I haven't chopped my plant or anything and it's still growing. Can I leave the basal shoot on or will the extra pitchers be helpful to the plant, add more nutrition?

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    I prefer to leave them on, unless I can trade it for something else. Then I usually cut the vining part instead, as the basal tends to grow bigger than the original vine, (at least when you leave it attached). But many people differ on their views, as I'm sure you'll soon see.
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    Basal shoots can grow at any time. I usually leave them on. You can take one off if you want though. It keeps it less cluttered.
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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    I decided that I'm going to leave it on, it's starting to grow pretty fast :P, but I doubt it will be bigger than the vine.

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    Yeah, basal shoots sometimes grow faster than a seed grown plant. I've noticed that with a few of mine.
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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    I don't mean taller, but larger leaves with larger pitchers.
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    I think my plant is a cutting, since it's a cultivar...I think?

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