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    The Consuming Flame EdaxFlamma's Avatar
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    UPDATE!!

    After reading this, I decided to try Cindy's "bending method" with my 2ft long N.ventricosa. I let the vine hang over the pot the day she posted (September 5th) and upon inspection today (September 22nd) there are already basal shoots forming! I didn't believe it would work but now I have shoots forming on just about every other node. I can't believe it! This definately needs to be put somewhere so that others can try!

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    CONGRATS Edax!!

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    Wow, so that's why my bellii and judith finn sent out shoots...they both got a little top heavy, because of the way that the previous owners trimmed them, (and they aren't even that big) they bent over, and now they both have basal shoots at the base...may I suggest that this could be a great way to save a sickly nep?
    thanks for the info!
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    Hey just wanted to say you can pile up lfs around the base it worked inadvertently for me

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    Wow, maybe I need to do this to my N.Fusca

    its gotten quite tall but I don't know if I have the patientce to wait that long for it to produce offshoots

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    Thats a great illustration of vine bending Cindy. Another alternative to vine bending to encourage basal growth is to simply let the vine go! If the vine does get extremely long (I had an N.x Rokko with over 10 feet of vine and and N. glabrata with over 6 feet) basal should sprout up all over the base. the N. glabrata had about 5 that all had mature pitchers which were also a bonus "biggie" size due to the basal status.

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    Question

    are you potting in total Spagnum moss?

    does the medium have any play on the plant producing Basal shoots?
    Last edited by xvart; 01-10-2008 at 06:35 PM. Reason: merged multiple posts in a row

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    Both were in a mix of chiefly sphagnum moss as the primary component. The N. glabrata had some perlite and coconut chips in as amendments. It also received overhead watering 2 times daily.

    Personally, from what I have experienced I do not believe the media has a direct effect on basal shoots, but rather an indirect effect. If the media is correct and the plant takes well to it, becomes large and vigorous, then the chances of basal shoots forming are greater. So I guess you could say an indirect effect due to the result of the plant being healthier, increasing chances for auxiliary growth to occur.

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