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    What to do with this lil guy? (N. Ventricosa?)




    I donno if you can see it in these pictures, but it's most recent leaf cut itself by growing up and over the light fixture.

    I'm not quite sure what to do with it. I've been cheating and doping it with Bloodworms, filling the traps up to the point that the topmost bloodworms stay dry (they don't stay that way for long!) and the traps are getting bigger and bigger and gibber.

    The problem is two fold. First off, it grew in a very slanted direction due to me not moving it at all for a significant legnth of time. When I finally spun it around, all that caused it to do is grow in a clockwise circle. So the main stem is kinda a mess.

    I was thinking of chopping it off and trying to make 2-3 plants out of it, but I'm hesitant to do so, I don't want to kill it.

    Would moving out out from under my light fixtures be an option? I hate to do so -- the window doesn't get a terribly large amount of full on sun) but it's kinda outgrown it's location. I could possibly put it on the next rack down...

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    After dealing with my ventricosa... I'd say give it a hair cut. I lopped off the top of mine and it exploded and turned into a small shrub. I had to cut off all the branches on it less the apical one and it still is pumping out basals like mad and mine isn't even throwing of pitchers as nice as yours. That's my two cents.

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    Your light looks very low to your plants, which isn't a bad thing, but you could probably afford to raise it up a few inches.

    Another option is planting it into a smaller pot. (I've found my ventricosa does not have a very extensive root sytem anyway.)

    I don't really reccomend trying to make it into 2 or 3 plants; it looks too small and immature. (Edit: but I guess it could work, based off E.F's post)
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    If you just tilt it on its side, it'll make basals, which I assume you want.

    Looks like a happy plant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefforever View Post
    If you just tilt it on its side, it'll make basals, which I assume you want.
    really? o.o

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    That is another good option! Tilt it on its side as Jeff suggested and let the growing tip bend down so it drapes over the edge of the pot. This for whatever reason normally makes the plant sprout basals.
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    I'm afraid I don't quite follow you. So put the entire pot at a 90 degree angle? Or just some weight (fishing sinkers?) on the stem so it cascades, like a bonsai? And that will cause it to send up more stems?

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    ah: http://www.********.com/nubasal.htm

    So yes, just like the Cascade style of Bonsai, get the stem tip below the main part of the plant. Huh. It's definitely an interesting idea...

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