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    To cut or not to cut, that! is the question

    Hi there friends. I have this unruly N. x velvet (thanks PK for teaching me the right way to write this...) whom refuses to make a basal of any sort. I'm thinking of cutting it in half, and sticking the cutting in the pot to hopefully spur some bushy-ness. See below marked picture!

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    First of all, should I do it? I have never taken a cutting before, and this plant is supposedly hearty after all. Things to note... From those arrows downward, the cutting has become very woody. It originally had two leaves below the soil line, but when I repotted it once, I planted it deeper due to the fact that it had become woody. I digress. The main point, from where, if anywhere! would you take a cutting. Also interesting is that the newest leaf on top, is larger then the last two produced.

    And, on a side note, if anybody can explain the circled "?" item, I would appreciate it. That has been there since I received the plant, and has not changed one bit. I think it's a failed activated node or something. Thanks in advance for your help friends! I'm going to learn this hobby if its the last thing I do.
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    I let my plants grow higher then that before cutting.
    Mine get around the 3' high when they start to form basal shoots. That is the only time I cut mine back.


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    I wouldn't.
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    I wouldn't either. Is that "?" an aborted flower?

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    I don't have any idea what the "?" is whatsoever. It was on the plant when I received it.
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    Its a spent flower, not an aborted one. They end up getting pretty long and get thin when they dry out.
    Don't worry about the wood.
    Personally, I'd try to train it to grow horizontally/downward. That will without fail activate a basal or a lower node from the woody portion. Every time one of my plants ends up growing downward, it activates at least 2 basals. I've some things with 6 basals at once, but I won't remove them until they get a bit bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phissionkorps View Post
    Personally, I'd try to train it to grow horizontally/downward.
    Would you just tie it downwards using stakes? Or actually tilt the plant sideways like I once saw in an older post?
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    I'd pull it down somehow and leave the pot where it is. I just had an awesome idea though...

    Tie some fishing line around the top of the plant, and put a couple of those small lead weights used for fishing on the bottom...only a few grams at first. Then in a couple days, add a few more, then a few more, etc over the course of a couple weeks.
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