Words couldn't describe my anger when I went to check on my plants at the Universty's greenhouse and found some one had helped themselves to my one foot(+) tall N. gracilis leaving me with just this little stub:
Cut down to the woody portion, an inch above the media,(as if it were a rosebush!) and the plant had yet to send up a basal. I tore through the greenhouse complex in a rage, thinking some little punk took it for his propagation class. But alas, nothing. I've given so many cuttings of my nepenthes to the University, some willingly, and some behind my back. I didn't even mind the latter, because they were usually taking basals, and were done without harming the plant in the slightest. But this!? This is senseless. Someone obviously had no idea what (s)he was doing, and so the cuttings they took will likely die in their care anyway.
The only, the ONLY logic I could see in what they did is this: It's growing in a pot with N. x 'Ventrata,' so, maybe they thought the N. gracilis was a runner, or something. Either way they had new clue about Nepenthes, that's for sure.
As I understand it, it's a hopeless case, even with it's established root system. Oh well, looks like I know what I'll be looking for this year's NECPS plant show...
Thanks for listening to my rant,