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    Nepenthes Pullings?

    Yes, indeed, the one with the uncreative name has returned, with yet another question. (I have so many questions. )
    I'm sure all of you (or most of you) are familiar with the "leaf pulling" procedure for Venus flytraps: dig up the plant, pull down an outside leaf with some white base, plant, wait, get new plant, celebrate, blah, blah, blah. However, I recently picked up a Nepenthes fusca (which I haven't killed yet, huzzah) which I have potted. While unwrapping my bareroot plant, this question hit me:
    Can you take leaf pullings with Nepenthes plants, and if so, how should it be done?
    This is one of my more mad-scientist questions, sort of like me trying to take a leaf cutting from my flytrap (which was a failure), but I'd really like to know if anyone has attempted this before, and if they had any success. I appreciate any personal anecdotes, research results, opinions, facts, etc., etc., etc. on this subject, and thank you all in advance!

    (Note: Five-minute formality period has ended. )

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    Nepenthes leaf cuttings don't work.
    Nepenthes stalk cuttings do however..

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    no such thing as a stupid question, but this sure is a silly one. lil google search coulda told you that no, leaf cuttings/pullings with nepenthes do not work as a method of propagation. stem/stalk cuttings is the way to go

    leaf pullings work with VFTs though, maybe your methods were the issue there?

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    Stem cuttings? I would love to rapidly propagate my plant, but how exactly does that work? Cut off the growing tip of the stem and plant it?

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    You'll want to cut it 2 -3 leaves down. It's a lot of stress on both portions of the plant.
    I'll try and dig up some pics of my older propagations to show you more in depth..

    Also, in this hobby.. you can toss the word "rapidly" right out the window. These plants are the old folks of the botany world. Nothing happens quickly..

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    Well, yeah, it's slow, but by "rapidly" I mean faster than, say, flowering.
    So, you're saying to essentially slice off the tip of the plant?

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    Please read the propagation "how to" on the ICPS site. It's all there in black and white.

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    Leaf pullings have been done before (and I believe Dave Evans examined some roots on a Nepenthes leaf he tried to clone), but the leaves do not contain any buds/auxins that allow nodes to come up from the leaves.


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