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    I've been hearing a lot about cuttings and how to grow them, but I'm not sure how to make one. What does a cutting look like and where am I supposed to make the cut?

    Anyone have any pics to give me an idea of what one looks like? (cuttings and the plant where they came from)

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    This should help you out, I could explain it myself, but Tony's page does a great job visually.

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    One thing about that page:

    At step 5 he cuts the lower part of the stem along it's length.
    Is this the best way?
    You can also do it like a cross (very short) at the bottom part right?

    Will roots form everywhere where you make the cut or just the lowest part?
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    Just a few notes as that page is a bit dated.

    I no longer use alot of rooting hormone. Although I do occasionally use a liquid form. I have found if the cuttings are short and excess rooting hormone is used the cuttings will root but bud initiation is supressed. So you end up with a rooted cutting that doesn't grow. Alternately you could also use a fungicide dip on the cut to help prevent disease, for anyone that has a problem with cuttings rotting.

    With respect to the slice on the stem, roots will only form where the layer inside the stem is exposed. If you just put the cutting in mix you will get roots out the cut end but not much up the stem. Making a slice on the outside gives a much stronger cutting with respect to volume of roots and also stability once rooted. There are always different ways of doing things however but I would recommend some sort of cut at least a little bit up the stem.

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    Tony,
    Don't some people now-a-days even remove all the covering of the lowest inch or so of the cutting(kind of like peeling a carrot, I guess)? I would imagine fungicide would be a must in that scenario.

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    Haven't heard that one Joe but I guess anything is possible.
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    I noticed that the plant he made the cuts from is very big compared to mine. Is there a certain age/size the plant should be before you make a cutting.

    My nepenthes is only about 2-3 inches tall and has about 6 pitchers ( 1- 2 inches big). And compared to the plant on that site, the gaps between each leaf is very, very small. I'm starting to get the impression that my plant is not mature enough yet.

    O, and when do the plants begin to mature anyways?
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    No it is not big enough. Never do a cutting if you do not have two growing points. Your plant probibly needs a year or two of growth before you can do a cutting

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