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    How big do you all let basal shoots get before you cut them off? The plant in question is a Nep Coccinea and the basal shoot is nearing 5 inches across. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

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    I don't cut off the basal shoots, i just let them grow with the parent, it looks nice, a big clump of pitchers [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    I would leave the shoot on and cut the plant back instead because I like lower pitchers better. But if you want to cut the basal shoot off 5 inches across is more than enough. I usually try to aim for 3 inches at least. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]


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    What can I do to get my Ventricosa to make basil shoots? It's only a 6 inch tall plant, but I'm affraid that if I nip the growing point it will just fork and fall all over it'self.... Oh yah, and how do you know when to replant a Nep anyways?
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    Nepenthes make basal shoots when they are good and ready. Most species will grow a great distance before forming one. You can also cut it back till there's about 3-4 inches of stem left and they will usually then sprout basal rosettes because o how close they were hacked down. Repotting a Nepenthes is when they soil becomes "compacted" at least that's how I tell. You can also pull it out to check. Usually the roots will be intertwined in the media and starting the wrap the pot.

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    Darcie the N. Ventricosa makes basal shoots when it is in good highland conditions. My N. ventricosa is 4inches high and has 2 basal shoots. ( Not bragging) [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] . Phil
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    I was surprised the other day to see a basal shoot coming up from the soil on my gracilis....This is a cutting that rooted, oh, 3 or 4 months ago. I has produce 3 (or 4?) and 1/2 pitchers (I say "and 1/2" because there is one still forming...). So this plant is young, yet still managed to produce a basal shoot. Is this a common trait of gracilis?
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