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    Whats a good size to cut off an offshoot or basal or whatever?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxx View Post
    Whats a good size to cut off an offshoot or basal or whatever?
    PK already said it:

    Quote Originally Posted by phissionkorps View Post
    Looks like a basal to me. I don't separate basals until they're about 4", but I don't let them get to more than about 6" before removing them. It depends on how you slice it. If you're not good with a razor blade, your basal won't have any roots...I've never lost any though.
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    Ok but what does PK mean by "it depends how you slice it"? I mean, is there a certain angle your supposed to cut it at?
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    Yeah, how would you remove the basal once it is more mature. where do you want to "slice" it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLeopardGGecko View Post
    In my personal experience, a basal can be a bit taxing on the mother plant. Sometimes the mother plant will slow down in growth as the basal is born (and even continue this slow growth pattern as the basal becomes its own entity), so separating the two plants is often the best course of action.

    I have a couple of either ventricosas or ventratas that won't stop producing basals and the mamas don't seem to have a problem at all. It may just depend on the species.

    I'm in agreement with the "just leave it be for now" side. However, I had a rafflesiana that was going well and a basal broke off while repotting so I potted it separately and the mama took a bad turn and is no longer with us but I have the basal pitchering nicely so there is a good argument for separating as well.

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    You slice the stem with a razor blade. Do a search, or ask me when you're actually ready to cut it.
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