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    Budding Basal

    Repotted one of my nepenthes and saw this a little above the root system


    Is this a basal bud, and if so, should I expect the plant to have slowed growth or any other such symptoms that can be mistaken for disease?

    Or is it just a newly developing large root?
    Last edited by PsychoSarah; 11-06-2014 at 08:19 AM.
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    Yes, it looks like a basal, but shouldn't have any long term effects on the plant, although it may slow the plant down until the basal develops roots of its own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bio View Post
    Yes, it looks like a basal, but shouldn't have any long term effects on the plant, although it may slow the plant down until the basal develops roots of its own.
    I imagine the repotting will probably contribute some to that as well, root disturbance and whatnot. I imagine that those don't form/are the first to die if root health is compromised, yes? (Asking if basals = root health good early on)
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    You would be better off examining the roots directly than trying to dry a parallel between the formation of a basal and root health. Basals simply form due to hormone shifts, sometimes due to the reduction of auxins produced in the shoot apical meristem. We use the term apical dominance to loosely describe the process http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apical_dominance

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    It looks like a basal, but it could also be a root. My king tiger did the same thing, but now its got a massive tree like root
    Smiting into the soil

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    Quote Originally Posted by NemJones View Post
    It looks like a basal, but it could also be a root. My king tiger did the same thing, but now its got a massive tree like root
    Smiting into the soil
    Either way it is good in my book. I just was making sure overall it wasn't something bad. I didn't think it was, but I didn't want to take any chances
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    Quote Originally Posted by NemJones View Post
    It looks like a basal, but it could also be a root. My king tiger did the same thing, but now its got a massive tree like root
    Smiting into the soil
    LOL One of my Ventricosa x (arist x thorelii) has the same thing. Just a huge fat root.

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