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    Stem cuttings and Root cuttings

    When you propagate nepenthes through root cuttings and stem cuttings, how old usually are the plants? Does it matter the age or is overall plant size more important? I ask because I want to be sure ahead of time exactly how I should go about it in a way as to avoid killing the original plant and ensuring that the cuttings have a chance of rooting. I will probably only really do stem cuttings, but in case I feel up to it I would like some advice on root cuttings too. Despite my experience with plants, I have very little experience propagating anything by cuttings. Since I am going to end up trimming vines anyways, might as well not waste potential plants. But I want to do it when the plant is good for it, I don't want to waste my rooting powder if it turns out plant age is a factor.
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    As far as I know, root cuttings are impossible for Nepenthes. Age of the plant isn't as important as the size of the plant. Most cuttings are taken from mature vines, but you can also root cuttings from a rosette (ex. basals). Rooting powder is not required, bit can increase the chances of the cutting striking.

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    In general, plants are best allowed to mature (meaning: to the vining stage, if possible) before you start taking cuttings. Your parent plant will fare better if it has already started forming new basal growth before you cut the main growth.

    See: http://www.carnivorousplants.org/how...opCuttings.php

    Nepenthes are not propagated from root cuttings, as you would with Drosera, for example.

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    Any time of year that seems to do best? As in best during the height of growth for the year, or best when the plant is slowing down due to shorter photoperiod in winter? How big do basals have to be before they typically are "ready"? I know thanks to the internet how to do the cuttings themselves as far as stem cuttings goes. Good to know true root cuttings are a no no, that could have ended badly.
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    I actually was of the mind that you had to wait for a new basal to appear before taking stem cuttings. I wouldn't just try to cut at the stem if there weren't any vines, I don't really aim for propagation, I just don't want to waste the chance for it since I will be trimming the vines anyways. Plus, I heard from someone, can't remember who but it wasn't the seller, that talangensis x glabrata isn't a particularly common hybrid so its cuttings might be good for trades or giveaways. It has been a surprisingly easy little plant, I was worried it might take after its mom and be difficult, but despite getting beat up in transport and having less than perfect conditions for a highland hybrid, it never went into shock or stopped growing. Looks like in a month or two I might be able to post some early pitcher pics even. I certainly wouldn't want its cuttings to go to waste.
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    I've had success rooting basals once they reach about 4" across. You can take cuttings year round, but they are easier to root in the warmer temps and longer photoperiod of the summer months

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bio View Post
    I've had success rooting basals once they reach about 4" across. You can take cuttings year round, but they are easier to root in the warmer temps and longer photoperiod of the summer months
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bio View Post
    I've had success rooting basals once they reach about 4" across. You can take cuttings year round, but they are easier to root in the warmer temps and longer photoperiod of the summer months
    4 inches across, got it. Do cuttings like the conditions to be the same as their parent plant, or do they like more light/water/humidity/heat? So many factors to account for.
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