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    How big of a cutting?

    While repotting my big nep, a couple of vines were damaged and removed. I can't waste a nepenthes so I will make cuttings of what I don't get rid of and I was wondering if there is any set rule as to how large a cutting should be? I've only done small cuttings before and was wondering what would happen if I trimmed the leaves and planted a foot long vine?
    Would it look like a foot long piece of wood with a plant poking out of the top or will new grow points be activated along the vine?

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    Some people have done 1 node cuttings, but I never make them that small. I usually do 3 node, but I have done 2 before, both with equal success. You don't really need to trim the leaves....its pretty unnecessary unless you are going to try to root the plant in an environment with humidity less than about 40%. The gowth points thing depends...2 nodes could be activated, or only one, or 5, etc. SO yeah, it could end up looking like a long piece of wood with a plant coming out the top, or it might not. Even if only the last node is activated, the main vine won't die quickly, so it wont look like just wood until a long time after you plant it.

    What are you cutting up btw?
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    Personally I like sticks with plants coming out of the top. It makes it look so cool, like a carnivorous palm tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phissionkorps View Post
    Some people have done 1 node cuttings, but I never make them that small. I usually do 3 node, but I have done 2 before, both with equal success. You don't really need to trim the leaves....its pretty unnecessary unless you are going to try to root the plant in an environment with humidity less than about 40%. The gowth points thing depends...2 nodes could be activated, or only one, or 5, etc. SO yeah, it could end up looking like a long piece of wood with a plant coming out the top, or it might not. Even if only the last node is activated, the main vine won't die quickly, so it wont look like just wood until a long time after you plant it.

    What are you cutting up btw?


    Don't know! Folks around here are leaning towards a N. miranda and I'm going that route more and more. There are pics of it in the ID this plant forum.

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    Personally, I prefer shorter cuttings. I find that foot-long cuttings take a much longer time to root for me.
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    How short, Cindy?
    You use 100% perlite to root cuttings, right?

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    Two node works for me, more plants and it fits under the lights. I fill styrofoam cups with perlite, stab holes 1" above the bottom the cup, dip cutting in hormones and pack into the perlite, fill with water, insert into plastic bag, tie it up and leave it under the lights. A couple months later most of the cuttings are ready to go and since it's only two nodes they're easy to pot and don't take too much space in the terrarium.

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    Griffin, the cuttings are about 1.5-3" long...rooted in pure perlite and water.

    I have also tried 1" cuttings in LFS. Careful watering is required or the cutting will rot.

    Cuttings with tight internodes are hard to root. But I do take them once in a while when I want basal cuttings.

    For me, it does not matter how many nodes the cutting has but rather the length of the cutting. A upper vine cutting is going to be longer and with less nodes compared to a lower vine/basal cutting.
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