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    Question Advise on rooting N. ampullaria cutting required.

    Hi, as the title says, I'm looking for some advise on rooting a Nepenthes ampullaria cutting. Any advise would be appreciated.

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    I received an ampullaria 'lime twist' basal in a trade recently. Potted it up in the usual nepenthes mix (cinder, orchid bark, perlite and sphag) and stuck it outside. After several months it has resumed growth so I assume it's now rooted. Is this a vine or basal cutting?
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    I'm not sure if it's vine or basal until I receive it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dueoka View Post
    I received an ampullaria 'lime twist' basal in a trade recently. Potted it up in the usual nepenthes mix (cinder, orchid bark, perlite and sphag) and stuck it outside. After several months it has resumed growth so I assume it's now rooted. Is this a vine or basal cutting?
    Glad to hear it's doing well!

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    Quite strangely, N. ampullaria isn't exactly easy to strike as a cutting for me, especially if the vine is already woody. I've tried several times, succeeded only perhaps twice. And I live in year round lowland conditions. If my memory isn't failing me, a friend from Malaysia also experienced the same difficulty.
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    I haven't had much success rooting ampullaria either. Maybe 1/3rd of my cuttings have made it. It seems to be important to use the growing tip with a good bit of vine attached.

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    Though I am from Malaysia, I am quite sure Cindy is not referring to me. That makes quite a few of us having difficulty rooting ampullaria.

    I rooted a number of lowland nep cuttings from gracilis to northiana before. Ampullaria happens to have the lowest success rate. I tried taking cuttings of 2 different adult plants. From growing tips to woody vining stems. In total of 9 trials at different times, only 1 rooted. It is one of two basal cuttings dipped in water. Took 2 months to get roots emerging.

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    Thanks for the replies. It's looking like this is going to be more of a challenge than I first imagined.

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