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    I plan on trimming my 32" bongso x maxima, and my 26" sanguinea to produce basal growth with lower pitchers, and make cuttings. But, my ventricosa produced a basal shoot, and startedforming a vine immidiately. Will basal shoots from the other plants produce lower pitchers, and for how long? I'm hoping they will be able to form full sized lower pitchers before they move on to uppers. I also plan on trimming my 20" khasiana for cuttings, seperating the five offshoots, and repotting the plants. Does this sound safe? I'll probably have some cuttings to give away, but I'm not promising anything [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] . Notify me if you are interested.

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    Hi,

    basal offshots do produce lower pitchers first, but they don't need long to start climbing. I. e. my N. maxima took two years to start climbing but the basal offshot did only need half a year and only seven leafes before starting to climb.

    Cuttings produced from climbing parts of Nepenthes will only produce offshots which also do climb immediately, you won't get a basal rosette from such a plant.

    Joachim

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    Well that's a bummer [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] ! I remember ordering the plants, thinking they would be producing large, colorful pitchers, only to find they were cuttings of plants forming uppers. Guess I'll never see the dark red in that sanguinea, or the vibrant size and colors of the bongso x maxima [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] . What a shame.

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    Nate, Joachim is right however there are exceptions.

    Bongso x Maxima should be large and colorful regardless of the pitcher form. Bongso has very large upper pitchers and Maxima is large overall.

    N.Bongso upper pitcher.



    Sanguinea might show some red but yes it is very vibrant and more pronounced in the lower pitchers.

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    I agree Joachim is mostly correct. There are exceptions also. One N. maxima cutting I took recently is producing a rosette with lower pitchers. This vine when I got it was all upper pitchers with a flower spike, and has produced nothing but upper pitchers from the original growing point. I do suspect as Joachim mentions that it will not stay long as a rosette and that it will convert to upper pitchers faster than a young plant raised from seed/TC.
    Tony
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    I don't know about the bongso x maxima. My vine has ceased to growin size, and the pitchers stay at about 3-4". The leaves stay rather small. Hmm, what if it's not bongso x maxima [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] ! I just don't know. Anyway, the upper pitchers on my sanguinea are pretty, with some red speckling on the upper portions of the pitcher, and look like any other sanguinea's. I just wated to see the dark red coloration of the lower pitchers on this form of sanguinea [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] .

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    And will the mother plant recover quickly on my windwsill?

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    Hey, if you are giving away free cuttings far be it from me to say no.
    Is the mother plant currently growing on the windowsill and is it doing well? If it is doing well on the windowsill then it shouldnt have a problem recovering there as well. If your windowsill is not very humid the I would mist it more often and place a plastic bag over it to retain the humidity.

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