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    Hi
    I got a reasonable sized N. maxima x mixta in 1997. It had two growing points which developed very quickly. The pitchers were about 6 inches in size and one of the stems eventually grew to about 5 foot! At that point I trimmed both stems back. It now has four growing points and is in a larger pot.
    But since 1999 when I did this, growth has slowed right down. None of the stems are more than a few inches in length and typical pitcher size is now about 3-4 inches [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

    Could this slow down be caused by the extra growing points do you think? None of the growing conditions have changed, and it still looks healthy.
    At the time I trimmed it back I did use them as cuttings, but they didn't take [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img]

    Any suggestions?

    cheers

    bill

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    Hows the potting mix condition? What kind of water etc does it get? Do you suppliment it with insects or other food periodically?

    It could be that it now has 4 growing points living off the same root system that previously only had a couple.
    Tony
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    When I repotted I used a mix of live Sphagnum moss mixed with orchid bark and perlite. This was similar to the mix it had arrived with. I use rain water. And my plants in the greenhouse catch their own food [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] Mainly flying insects.

    The extra growing points might be stretching its resources perhaps?

    bill

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    Are the basal shoots also having smaller pitchers. Certain nepenthes have smaller "upper pitchers" than lower pitchers. Good luck.

    Kim

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