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Thread: Pruning n. ampullaria

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    Hmm, well all I haveto say is, to the all the people who are cutting their ampullaria, PLEASE feel free to donate their scraps to Nathaniel. Very much apreciated [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] .

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    Please stop bugging people for cuttings. If and when they take cuttings and have extras to give away they will post in the trading form.

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    I knew that was coming [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img] . You guys can be so up tight [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] .

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    Well, would you like people begging and hanging over your every mention of a cutting? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

    Tony is correct in saying something about it.

    SF

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    Thanks for the information on the growing characteristics of amps and bicalcarata, swords. I had no idea that that sort of development varied much from plant to plant. I had noticed what I thought was "slow" vertical growth in the amp rosettes.

    My spec is behind your spec in the whole process, so I'd be interested in what your plant does, once you decide what to do.

    It's possible that only one will elongate. I would not put it past the smart little plants. Seriously. The growth that comes from cutting nepenthes seems pretty strategic sometimes. When I made cuttings, only the plants with room around the base made rosettes, while the rest shot 'side' growths upwards out of existing stems.

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    I'm not uptight! ;p 4 out of 7 replys with people asking for cuttings is a bit much. Besides.. I took my geritol today so there [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]


    I suspect that if you remove the growing tip (even if it is just the very tip) then one of the basal rosettes will elongate. You might even see the same effect if you push the stem down into the terrarium level with the pot surface.
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    Geze, dont get upset [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] . I'm not trying to start a fight or anything. Besides, my opinion on the matter isnt that strong.

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    Hi Josh,

    I had a discussion with Christian about the growth of N. ampullaria some time ago. We agreed that the basal offshots with big pitchers and small 'leafes' only start to emerge when the plant already has a big rosette needed for photosynthesis. I believe this is an adaption to the very dim light in habitat. Only a climbing stem will reach the canopy and get very high light levels for photosynthesis. So the basal offshots are not that useful for photosynthesis - but they are very useful for catching food (insects and everything else falling down from above).

    I have not tried it out myself, but I won'tbe surprised if N. ampullaria starts enlarging its basal rosettes after pruning. The plant needs to do its photosynthesis somewhere.

    Cheers Joachim

    P.S.: Christian is quite busy at the moment with his plants and doesn't look into PFT regularly. You might consider contacting him by Email and ask for his experience.

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