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    When should you separate a basal?

    Normally I would just look the answer up in the search function, but it is a bit different. My N. Spectabilis sent up a basal a month or two ago, and now it has grown quite a bit. The mother plant is steadily declining, so I feel it is probably time to split. The leaves on the basals are growing, but the leaves on the mother are getting smaller. The question is, a week or two ago, another basal popped up next to the older one. I feel this one is yet too small to split. Do you think I can separate the bigger one and leave the little one attached safely? If I separate these basals, will I lose the possibility of the mother plant producing more in the near future? Pictures...

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    Hope so I've wanted to trade for a spectalibis for a while now =)

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    I wish I could answer your question but I don't know the answer, I will say that is a nice looking plant and if you put a basal up for trade you will hear from me ! Spectabilis is one on my wishlist I do hope it works out for you!

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    You can always cut the mother plant and treat it like a cutting, but since you're asking of spliting, I have no idea.
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    honestly, i would wait a little longer, but you probably could remove it now. and no it wouldnt ruin its chances of creating more basals, infact, people have told me that by removing basals, it encourages another one....My Talangensis is making 2 basals now as well.

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    A side question: do you cut the basal & treat it like a cutting, or do you remove it roots & all?

    Thanks

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    If you can remove it with some root mass that would be ideal, but you can also just snip it off and treat like a cutting.

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    My spec is doing the same thing. It's put off two basals and the mother plant is making smaller and smaller leaves. My basals are about the size of yours. I'm going to keep an eye on the mother plant, if it starts to look worse I'll probably remove them.

    When removing basals, does it require uprooting the plant?

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