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    Jimscott, I don't think that the stem touching the soil surface would initiate roots.
    I have recently had good results from fertilization, with some of my plants sending out basals and side shoots.
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    Thanks JLAP that was what I was trying to refer to. I'm still catching onto basic terminology here haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    Jimscott, I don't think that the stem touching the soil surface would initiate roots.
    I have recently had good results from fertilization, with some of my plants sending out basals and side shoots.
    Maybe I'll just go with actuall cuttings.

    BTW, I have that book, along with Savage Garden. While he/they did some unscrupulous things, the book itself has a lot of valuable cultivation tips. I appreciate its classification of the plants according to tropical, subtropical, temperate, etc...

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    To follow up on JLAP, Nepenthes have dormant nodes at the base of each leaf. When you making a cutting, the node becomes active and a new rosette forms while the base of the stem produces roots.

    Orchids also have dormant nodes or "buds" as well. Many orchid growers will use keiki paste to "activate" the bud and then propagate their plants that way. From what I understand, keiki paste also works on Nepenthes as well, though I can't speak from personal experience. I've never tried it.

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    someone experimented with keiki paste on neps and iirc it did work, though only on the brown woody part of the stem. when tried on the green growth it tended to burn the plant badly. not really worth it imo.
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