I have a red form of nepenthes reinwardtiana that I've had since August 31 of 2009.
The plant is over 12" tall, I didn't have room in my terrariums so I put it on my window. I supported the vine with two stakes and put a large clear bag over it.
I planted the plant in fresh growing medium (1:1 peat moss/perlite) in a one gallon nursery pot.
My windows face south. My room is 60-65F during the day and 50-55F at night during the winter.
During the summer, since I no longer have room to fit an A/C in my window due to all the plants growing on my windows, it gets about 75-85F in the day. At night, I open my french doors and let fresh air blow in as it cools down in the evening. I can get it to about 60F doing this.
Anyways my reinwardtiana was growing sluggishly. It didn't get watered one week, and the lower portion of the stem died, however a few leaves and the main growth tip was still green. I made sure to water it after that, but the rest of the stem continued to turn black from the bottom up. Now it is completely brown and I am wondering if I can salvage it.
I spent $90 dollars on the plant, and I'd like to try to do activate dormant nodes or encourage a basal to pop up if I can.
I know that the growth tips in nepenthes contain a chemical which supresses basal production.
Do you think that I can encourage a basal to form by cutting of the growth tip even though its brown?
Any other advice/suggestions are welcome.