I received a 3" plant from the nursery. Tissue-cultured. After a couple of months, it grows taller and starts showing signs of vining. Soon after, I see intermediate pitchers. I let the plant continue growing taller and see more and more of the brown stem.
1. If the plant doesn't put out basal shoots, that means I will never get lower pitchers again right?
2. This is going to happen to all N.bicalcarata since it doesn't put out basal shoots?
3. And if I miss its lower pitchers, I got to buy a new plant? *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
Tissue-cultured plant again. After a couple of months, it grows taller and starts showing signs of vining. But this time, I see basal shoots forming. I noticed that the vining stem slows down its growth and rarely puts out pitchers.
4. Does this happen to all nepenthes?
5. And will the vining stem resume its growth after the basal shoots have reached a certain size?
I suspect that the plant is cultured using intermediate or upper stem/leaf tissue. With a new basal shoot, the plant starts producing intermediate pitchers after 2-3 lower pitchers.
6. Can I keep cutting the plant back in order to "maximise" the lower pitchers production i.e. to encourage more basal shoot growths?
7. How does one ever get large, mature lower pitchers then? Via seed-grown plants? Heavy fertilisation? *scratches head*
8. Just how far up do lower pitchers go?
The reason for so MANY questions:
All of my neps start vining before I see mature lower pitchers. So I wonder if my plants will ever be mature. It's like "Hey, I want you to grow OLD, NOT grow UP!"