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    Twenty or more years ago, I had a horticulture class at UC, where the professor yammered on about totipotency; pluropotentcy; and all manner of potencies, best reserved as clues in a NY Times crossword puzzle, for all the meaning it held for us at the time. All of it preceded a lab experiment in micropropagation, where we blindly futzed arround with soya. A few of us succeeded without contaminating the lot. We managed to get material to callus and fill several vials. My lab partner and I were jazzed, to be one of just three pair, in a large class, who had managed to pull it off.

    What was most memorable to me was the professor's comment that tissue culture -- perhaps even home TC at some point -- would soon be capable of putting forth even the rarest of plants into the hands of most anyone who cared to take a stab at its cultivation; that prices for rarities would eventually go down; that many species would likely remain in the wild as a result.

    About that time, I was given a rooted cutting of what some were still occasionally calling Nepenthes dentata. I had only the dimmest clue of how to grow it properly; but I cracked a book and pulled that off; and had it for ten years, before leaving the country.

    In the midst of all of this sturm and drang over the fate of one little plant, take a look at this vial -- one of many; one of a handful of different clones. Would anyone care to guess the number of plants, multiplying away on a Jell-O shot of what once had been a cotton defoliant? If anyone were capable, I'd FEDEX the whole ******ing lot to them, on my dime . . .

    Nepenthes attenboroughii: "Clone V" 4 July
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    18?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vdub804 View Post
    18?
    Nope . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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    40?

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    Infinity and beyond!!!lol

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    Good question... if the number is multiplying then there is possibly no definite answer in that it is continuous as long as there is a limit due to possible size of enclosure or nutrients available... soo as a function, f, lets say that Y represents the continuous answer & lets let Z be the limit. Y is continuous at some point Z of its domain if the limit of f(A) as A approaches Y through the domain of f exists and is equal to f(A). This is true if the limit exists then it would be equated to something like this:

    limit of X->Y f(X)=f(Y)

    If not my guess it 25. lol
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    According to my Dave calculations, 34.

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    Do any of you guys even know how to harden off plants from TC once they reach the proper size?
    Gettin there...

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