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    Treaqum, that is the biggest false assumption that Peter D'amato threw around in his book (I'm assuming thats where you read it as its the only place I've read it) about only take a cutting if you have 2 growing points. Sure, it is feasible to have 2 growing points, but no it is not at all necessary. I can take a climbing stem of lets say N. maxima with no basal rossette and chop it down from 2 foot tall to 3 inches tall, and it will grow back no problem, provided it was happy in the first place. So, I encourage people to hack back those old climbing stems and make way for new growth.

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    I have found that when I do a cutting, I always get a node to swell and continue the growth of the cut vine.
    I have also noticed that many times after cutting, a few basal shoots will start as well.


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    I have had a couple instances when a plant did not regrow from the bottom section after removing the top. These were plants that had numerous healthy green leaves remaining on the lower portion too. Usually it is not an issue though if there are some healthy leaves left on the bottom piece.

    Turner - usually you want to have at least a few inches of stem on the cut piece. For many young Nepenthes this means a long time of waiting (years in some cases) before the plant gets tall enough. Some plants will get taller faster so how long it will take to 'mature' is highly variable on the type and how well it is grown. Some plants even when mature and vining will vine faster than others with lots of stem inbetween each leaf.

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    What does a basal shoot look like? Is it just the start of a new plant forming from the roots?
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    A shoot originating from down around the base of the plant. Sometimes they come out from under the soil surface and look like they come from the roots. In actuality it is from some buried stem.

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    Here's a handout from a presentation that John Phillip (President of NECPS) gave at a meeting last year. There are photos of the process from the second link.

    The main thing i learned (which has, in my limited experience, worked 100% so far) is that tip cuttings are best rooted in water, while the rest of the stem does better in sphagnum. Obviously there will be some other opinions on this matter. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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