Finally! I got something I wanted for xmas! hehe!
I was so bummed out, during my move I just wasn't able to keep up with my Gymnamphora. It hated the new apartment, forced air, beyond dry air, (even I was getting sick), it just ended up being too much for this guy. The new green house was too late for him, but I always water my dead plants for a few weeks / months just incase crazy things happen. I kept at this one for about 4 or 5 weeks perhaps, and today I was going to throw in the towel.
But I figured, might as well learn more about Nepenthes such as root structure and such, since I never wanted to tick off a living one. Yea for learning...
I was really surprised by how dense the roots grown for the season I had it going, when I first got it, the roots were so fresh it barely was able to anchor itself in the media. Also while cutting the stem away to look for any green signs of life, I was also amazed by the spider web / cotton ball tissue that pulled from the stem. I'll have to do some research the cell layers of Nepenthes, haven't seen something like that before. So far everything was brown and uber dead. I got down to the roots and wanted to look at what basal shoots were like as this one had produced 2 for me during the summer.
And look what I found!!!!
I cut away the rest of the dead plant, took the root ball and placed it back into the media, but tilted slightly so the shoot is now on the surface. Does anyone think maybe I should put a really thing layer of moss over the shoot since it was under ground? I tilted it to the surface since I figured, the plant has struggled so much, while it was unearthed, might as well give it a push.
I hope for the best, I love this one, he's been a super trooper the entire way doing all sorts of crazy things for me. heh earlier today I even moved him to the dead section of my grow list, gotta change that tomorrow. 8)