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    Rooting Nepenthes

    I have a Ventricosa, Venetrata and Sanguina to chop up,
    they have a few basals and have been growing like weeds.
    I'll be making some cutting from the fresh green sections
    (because woody vines don't take well right ?)
    from the vine.
    So do I just cleanly cut them,
    make a slice/slit down the middle(like a half inch) to split the stem a bit then put it into a pot with Long Fiber Sphagnum and perlite?
    Can I use peat or is sphagnum the way to go?
    Sorry I feel like a newbie and don't want to kill cuttings

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    How to take cuttings is a matter of taste to some degree. I prefer single node cuttings and I either cut at a sharp angle (45˚ or greater) and split the base, so that more of the cambium is exposed; and depending upon the value of the plant or just to ensure that it roots, I generally use Rootone or Clonex and straight long fiber sphagnum as a medium. I found that peat-based mixes retains far too much moisture . . .
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    BigB,
    Interesting... pretty much EXACTLY as I have done it for years!

    I have tried a few other ways, but always come back to this is one! It's like a no-brainer for me....
    And I always use rootone (unless I run out) for everything (non-CP's too), as I was shown that back when I was in my teens, and it has given me good results ever since!

    I sometimes use 2 nodes, and occasionally trim back the leaves (trim off the pitcher is usual for me), as it helps the cutting lose less water thru transpiration (and sometimes do that when dividing and re-potting plants too). The less (or no) roots can't keep up with the plants need for water.
    For cuttings however, so long as the humidity is high, it seldom seems a problem.

    Well, seems some things at least don't change! Which is nice. (I learned all this from an old nurseryman as a kid, and it seemed magical at the time!)

    Good luck all!
    Experience is the best teacher. At least it used to be.
    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


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    Yeah, I forgot to mention to trim the leaves in half and remove any pitchers. It's late after all . . .
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    Pretty Much The Same Here
    Although I don't split the base / Will try that next time / Does it make much of a difference

    I usually put the cuttings in a bowl of water with a few drops of SuperThrive & a little liquid root stimulator for a few minutes while taking other cuttings & getting things ready

    Dip them in Rootone
    Wrap some wet moss around the steam & pot them in their normal soil mix

    Some make it some don't
    But have a pretty high success rate

    Grow tips seem to be the easiest

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    Quote Originally Posted by DETHCHEEZ View Post
    Pretty Much The Same Here
    Although I don't split the base / Will try that next time / Does it make much of a difference
    Splitting the base simply exposes more of the cambium tissue to the rooting hormone than would a diagonal slice -- and further ensures rooting. I have never lost a cutting to that method, even some of the "touchier" species . . .
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    Also if you want to watch the root-growing progress, you can just put the cutting in a vase of water too. I've got a sibXhamata cutting taking off in an old vanilla extract bottle.


    (paper towel around the bottle because the bottle is dark and I don't want to boil the plant alive in the sun)

    and it's almost time to pot this baby up:

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    Quote Originally Posted by thez_yo View Post
    Also if you want to watch the root-growing progress, you can just put the cutting in a vase of water too. I've got a sibXhamata cutting taking off in an old vanilla extract bottle.
    Nice job.

    Starting the cuttings in water -- while a popular method for some -- doesn't necessarily lend itself to all Nepenthes; and if the cuttings are valuable to you, I'd still go with a compost . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

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