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    I need to prune the main stem on one of my N. ampullarias as it is growing out of the terrraium (it found the only open hole and grew through it). My worry is that if I prune the vine the basal rosettes will begin to lengthen and I want to keep them in their "carpet" stage.

    Is there a way to prune the ampullaria vine and leave "just enough" on that it doesn't activate the basal rosettes?

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    Actualy, I believe (and they say it in the Savage Garden) that pruning it just makes more offshoots with ground pitchers pop up. Some may start to vine, but it will probably be a good balance of vining and rosetted offshoots. But if you really want to cut it, I really wouldn't mind a cutting [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] ! Seriously [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]. And I like the new layout of your website by the way.

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    I thought all rosettes started climbing after 6months to 1yr of growth anyway? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] And hey, I'd be up for a cutting too! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    Third, on pruning =s cuttings. I have a spotted and a red amp. I plan on cutting either in a few months or in the Spring.

    Why do some sources say to only do cuttings in the Spring and Summer?

    swords,

    You want to stop the little plants from growing bigger? Just treat them badly. Low light and low humidity should do the trick. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

    Seriously, I want all my little basal rosette plants to grow into bigger plants and make their own little rosettes when I cut them. I do not know how to make them grow more slowly without affecting the whole plant. Based on my limited experience, if you cut it (on a large plant under good conditons) something else will grow.

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    Sometimes, it's a side growth off the main stem. Others, it's a new little plant at the bottom. The side growths will make cuttings some day. Or, the new little plants will. It's a win-win. On one Miranda that looked pretty cruddy when I got it, I made cuttings at three points to clean it up. Then, two side (here, up) growths shot out of the main stems. Also, four basal growths shot up.

    I posted pics a couple months ago (or thereabouts) of the little basal leaves breaking the surface at two points. Now, the first one has several pitchers that have opened -- little tiny Miranda pitchers that I've never seen before. A baby plant from the adult for baby pictures, eh, of the adult. That's pretty cool, self-cloning that is.

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    Speaking of cloning, I also wouldnt mind a cutting of a red ampullaria when you cut it, Beagle [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] . But seriously, It should look all right, and continue to grow bigger if you cut it. I personally dont see the problem, as due to the nature of the species itself, most of the little offshoots should stay in a rosetted stage...

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    Swords:

    Let me know how it goes. I am getting ready to move my collection from the second floor to the first floor of my home. My N. ampullaria is getting too big for the growing area and will need cut back. I do have a small sideshoot that has produced about 4 small pitchers (1-2 inches) with the main stem producing pitchers about 3-4 inches tall. This main stem will be the one that I will cut.

    I will keep you posted on the progress of the plant once it is done. I expect to do this in about a week.

    The reason my collection is moving downstairs is that my old room is becoming the "Girls Room". Meaning, my wife is painting it pink and moving in. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
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    Thanks folks!
    Snowy, the N. ampullaria basal shoots will not elongate as long as the main vine goes unremoved. I don't know how much/if I can remove any of it without causing the shoots to begin to elongate. In the wild N. ampullaria's main shoot climbs over plants but is said to not pitcher much on the main stem and the plamt develops a large network of runners/stolons that create a new plant around the base and eventually even some distance from the main plant (as does N. bicalcarata). Confined in a pot this makes a very nice display of a mound of pitchers! Yes, most other species' basal shoots eventually do elongate but N. ampullaria is exceptional by the rosettes not elongating unless the main vine is disturbed. It's hypothesized reason for the carpet like rosette development is due to possible feeding on the deterius that falls out of the forest canopy, twigs, leaves, dead flowers, dying bugs and animal feces.

    I want to have a pot of full of the N. ampullaria basal shoots because the pitchers to leaf ratio of these rosettes are wonderful, about a 2-3" pitcher on a 1" leaf instead of a 2-3" pitcher on a 6-12" leaf! My hairy green N. amps are in 6" diameter pots (dearly needing repotting too) and have quite dense rosette growth (one pot has 20 rosettes or starts of rosettes at last count) with the main vine snaking several feet.

    I wonder if the basal shoots will elongate if I were to only remove the whole vine, not if I only cut off a foot or two off the end of the main vine?

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