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    I have discoverd something very odd, wonderfull and unexpected. When put into the dark under relativly dry conditions for 1-2 weeks, Neps. create a new off shoot. When my N. ventricosa did this (a bit of a growing issue) I was surprised, but when my N. sanguniea did the same thing o_O no way it was just a coinsidence! Unfortunetly, those are my only two plants and I can't test it further to see exactly what triggerd it, but I figure if anyone has some extra plants that they wouldn't mind experimenting with we could be onto something big. At least, big as far as people who want young plants to grow multipull shoots early on.

    I'm sure you remember my panic after the insident a couple weeks back. It was only yesterday that I cleaned off old dead leaves and discoverd that my N. sanguniea hadn't had stunted growth but was growing a new shoot insted of the old one. This plant is a very young cutting, just 7 leaves ever in it's little existence judjung by the reminents on the staulk. I've only had it since this fall. The fact that it was enduced at the same time as my N. ventricosa into making a new basal shoot is just awsome to me, because I really hate to cut back single shoot plants [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Thoughts? Comments? Snide remarks about this already being known and me being an idiot? All welcome [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    I keep all of my neps in pretty dry conditions (like on my desk) and they're all growing basal shoots. I think it's probably more a product of plant maturity than being in the dark, as they all get morning sun.

    So Darcie, have you cut off the little plantlet yet? I usually chop at around 4 leaves. Using regular nep cutting advice, I put the pots on top of my lights to keep the soil warm and induce roots. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    Why didn't I read this BEFORE I cut off the top of my single shoot nepenthes a day ago to try and induce basal shoots? ?
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    neil, how long was the shoot? There're other ways to induce a basal shoot, like bending the main vine over the edge of the pot so that the growing tip is lower than the medium.

    Otherwise, see the portion that you cut off as a new cutting, a new plant! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]



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    Yeah...my neph has lost its mind...it has 2 new plants emerging fron its base and about 3 shoots coming out of the main climbing stem though no picthers...not enough light right now I guess......

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    I'm gonna hack back some of my Nepenthes later this winter. Some are just very spindley and need new growing points activated and some just need to be cut, but generally if you want more basal shoots bend the stem or let it grow up high.

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    chop it off?! Heck no! I want bushy plants not vines. It can't be the age of the plant, these are babies. One is only a few months old.
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    Well that's why you cut Nepenthes, to gid RID of long vines. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] hehe Resulting "stump" is going to be more bushy.

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