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    Nepenthes Upper Internode Buds

    Hey guys, hoping some experiences Nepenthes growers can settle something for us!

    As everyone knows, lower internode buds grow into plants with normal, lower pitchers. But what we're not sure of are the upper internode buds. We've heard some people say they'll only ever grow upper pitchers, so if you cut them and grow them you'll basically only have boring pitchers (species dependant, of course).

    Can anyone that's had experience cutting and growing upper internode buds shed some light on this


    Thanks!

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    sometimes the upper buds form an intermediate looking pitcher or two. but they will likely go to uppers pretty quick

    upper cuttings also sometimes make an inermediate or two. but not always

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    Thanks for that Do you know if the basals the cutting eventually sends off grow lowers?

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    Yes, the basals will produce lowers till they begin to vine.

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    to add to that, if the basal is on a mature/vining plant, it tends to mature and vine much faster than the mother plant did. so, you usually dont get too many lowers out of them
    on the plus side, they will also form big, mature lowers much faster than the mother did

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    I have recently cut my M. Trichocarpa into several cuttings. All of the leaves had upper pitchers on them. An older upper cutting has just started to grow, so I guess we'll see what kind of pitchers it makes.
    Looking for N. Campanulata hybrids. Also would like to grow some nepenthes from seed. Growlist/pic thread: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...-Pete-s-plants

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    I can now confirm that my N. Trichocarpa cutting makes upper pitchers. The cutting was taken from a mother plant who produced uppers on the part that was cut off. I still have a number of stem cuttings that haven't sprouted yet (although there are roots that are growing from the soil up!).
    Looking for N. Campanulata hybrids. Also would like to grow some nepenthes from seed. Growlist/pic thread: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...-Pete-s-plants

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