It's been a good long while since I've posted on here. Some may remember me but it seems like we have a whole new generation of CP growers on here!
Curious as to whether or not anyone has tried grafting Nepenthes in an attempt to induce flowering. I know grafting Nepenthes doesn't always provide a great success rate but... Everyone always complains about the lack of seed, seed grown plants or mating pairs. It seems worth a shot.
Some more versed in biochem may shoot me down on this one but as I know it, flower induction can be transfered by grafting. A bunch of people have theorized about "florigen" or a mix of hormones that triggers plants to flower which can be spread from one plant to another via a graft etc. etc. (punch "plant flowering graft" into google scholar for a bit of background) but has anyone tried this with Nepenthes?
I'm sure there are some people who have N. ventrata's or N. ventricosa that are old enough so that they flower with a pretty regular frequency. I know a ton of other plants that have yet to produce even one flower on their own. Could one of these frequent flowerers be grafted to another less frequent flowerer to induce flowering? Maybe it would work even if the graft didn't take but the union was kept for long enough. Unfortunately I would love to run the tests but I would be waiting a few years to get a decent spread of plants to work with.
Something I've been pondering for a while now. I would love for someone to put some closure on this one even if it is to just shoot me down. It's good to be back though! Maybe after I have the time to pull away from my studies I'll jump back into my all-out CP madness but it's been kind of on the back burner for a while.