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Thread: did they send me 2 plants by accident? confused!!

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    did they send me 2 plants by accident? confused!!

    Ok, so I just noticed that my larger ventricosa has a little plant thats coming from the soil... I'm not really sure if it is a seperate baby plant or what... heres some pics




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    Thats probably an offshoot from the ventricosa. Next time you transplant it try to seperate them.

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    alright thanks!

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    At this stage, I would suggest leaving them alone and allowing them to grow for a while. It seems that the offshoot is infact an activated node of the plant. This means that there is a possibility that the offshoot doesn't have a root system which makes it fragile and increases the chances of mortality in both the offshoot and mother plant on seperation.

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    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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    I don't mean to hijack this thread, but is there any major reason to separate them? Is it just personal preference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitecrawler View Post
    I don't mean to hijack this thread, but is there any major reason to separate them? Is it just personal preference?
    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.

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    Good to know...thanks.

    I have a 5 inch basal on my ventricosa that I guess I will separate later on...probably summer.

    Too bad no one wants to trade for ventricosa haha!!

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