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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] I'm baffled! I've been trying to get some red N. ampullaria to flower for years and it just won't oblige. The vines are about 20' long and the tops of the vines emerge into full tropical sun. I've tried grafting on leaves from flowering N. mirabilils to encourage a hormone avalanche. Different fertilisers don't seem to work either. the plants are outdoors and the pitchers are full of prey.

    I know that in the wild N. ampullaria sometimes flowers when it reaches a much smaller size than these guys. Has anyone ever seen a flower on N. ampullaria in cultivation and if so, how was it done?
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    Well you got me there Rob...In the tropical climate of upstate NY (read as: #### cold nearly Southern Canada) where we swing from the N. ampullaria vines on our way to work, they bloom all the time! O wait that's in my dreams. It is certainly confusing trying to figure out what makes these plants tick. I have plants flower which I would have thought would not be ready while others which are long rambling vines more several years have not.

    If treating them nicely hasn't worked.. maybe treat them badly. Or get really radical and gas them with ethylene..

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    Hey, here's a stretch....I've heard that putting an apple in the enclosure will encourage flowering...Something about the gas emitted as the apple decomposes or something. Might be an old wives tale, but I know I read it somewhere. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]
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    If I am envisioning the growing area here,...that is a lot of apple.
    Maybe stress is the key. (Whack it back quite a bit and send me that pesky, flower-keeping vine, lol.)
    Rob, do the greens and speckleds flower for you?

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    I'm picturing Tony chainsawing his way through the ampullaria vines pushing holes through the top of his greenhouse. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
    Down here in south Florida they are reluctant bloomers as well. Michelle and I were discussing possibly combining bloom boost orchid fertilizer applications starting mid summer on selected plants we know flower in late summer-fall, with shock treatment-carefully letting them go a little too dry. I'm too chicken to try this on some of the stunning amps we got from Rob! We want to do this to get certain males and females to flower at the same time.

    Trent

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Trent @ April 22 2004,8:25)]I'm picturing Tony chainsawing his way through the ampullaria vines pushing holes through the top of his greenhouse. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Maybe grow the ampullaria in apple trees? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    Rob, Tony, If you EVER chainsaw through amps like that... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] !!!!!!

    Send me the cuttings [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    How long does one of the reds take to vine pretty good to make cuttings? I was contemplating getting some as a investment, lol. That Williams is quite a crown jewel and hopefull would pay for itself after selling a few cuttings.
    BTW, when will we see "Borneo Sunrise"?

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    Guess it would take a lot of apples! Here are a few quick snaps taken this morning:

    A couple of red N. ampullaria growing outdoors. I really am surprised that these two haven't flowered yet:



    In the background of this nursery shot you can see a N. ampullaria amp vining over the roof:



    Here's a general nursery shot with some vingin plants visible in the background on the right. They are various species but there are some N. ampullaria there too. Everything is flowering except the N. ampullaria!



    Ethylene isn't practcal if for no other reason than apples aren't grown on this island. Any other ideas? ...and don't tell me to out them out in a frost overnight [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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