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    Basal growth question on N.Ampullaria

    I have a very healthy N.Ampullaria and I want it to start growing some basal pitchers. How do I encourage it to do so?

    Will cutting the main vine down encourage it to have basal growth or will it kill it?

    here's some pics of it


    here's the whole plant






    biggest pitcher I have so far

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    Don't cut the plant. Instead, let the medium dry out pretty well just once, and then resume watering normally again. I know that sounds a little scary, but the amp will start producing basal rosettes in reaction. The treatment should be brief, but it needs to get dry enough to put a little stress the plant. I don't know how you would accomplish that in a vivarium, but it works if you can manage it.

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    i could probably put shrink wrap on top of the medium to get it to dry out.

    How many days should I let it be dry?

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    Awesome vivarium! I'd like to know more about it and maybe see an overall shot of the tank?

    Yes, a slight drought stress will help but also simply letting the main vine grow long (bend it if possible) and allow the roots to get rootbound. You could try a letting the ground be "dry" for a week but I don't know how long it would take your vivarium to actually dry out and get to that point. Once I water mine well they tend to stay moist for a very long time. I rarely actually pour water in the soil after the initial soaking. Not sure how your experience with watering the soil in vivariums is but for me misting one or twice a day keeps everything well hydrated.

    The main vine needs to stay intact as long as possible. Cutting the main vine will cause at least one of the basals to start elongating. If the main vine is left alone the basals will remain as tiny rosettes with large pitchers.

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    thanks! I got a journal of the whole tank from beginning to current here

    http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/mem...aludarium.html

    so lets say I start getting basal pitchers like a lot of them. Could I cut the vine then and maybe replant it so I can have another plant?

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    Man I wish I had talent like that.. Absolutely stunning tank!

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    well while it looks healthy and to be gaining decent size, it needs to be a bit bigger before you see any major basal development, atleast from what ive seen on a local friend of mine's plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raimeiken View Post
    i could probably put shrink wrap on top of the medium to get it to dry out.

    How many days should I let it be dry?
    Don't think of it in terms of an amount of time. Just let it dry out, and when it gets dry, water it normally again. I can't say I quite understand how you mean to use shrink wrap to dry it out.

    By the way, I agree with swords. Your vivarium is awesome.

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