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    I think part of the problem is that Nepenthes are lianas (vines), where the cambium isn't all in a nice ring, but is in cords throughout the stem. I think this makes linking the rights parts difficult, if not impossible.

    The other thing that would make it difficult to ascertain whether a graft had been successful would be the fact that many of these species are epiphitic, so even if the graft was not successful, in the right conditions the top portion would keep growing for a long time, even indefinitely.

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    Excellent! David Holguin has pointed out that Cliff Dodd did succeed and wrote an article about it in CPN Volume 19, Numbers 3 & 4, September & December 1990. It's an interesting read. Cliff managed to graft N. raffflesiana on to N. maxima. We're trying the same technique as he used with a variety of species right now.

    Thanks everyone!
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    Hey Rob,

    I have not read Cliff's notes (no pun intended) but Slack had a pretty detailed section on this in his second book. If you can not find it I might be able to scan or Xerox the relevant parts for you. Drop me a line if that would be of help/interest.

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    Ah yes thats where I read it.

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    Yes, I don't think Adrian ever actually did the grafting himself but relied quite heavily on information given by other people for some sections of that book, the Nepenthes chapter being one of them. He was and probably still is an exceptionally gifted horticulturalist/landscape gardener and would know a lot about grafting of other plants, techniques of which may or may not be applicable to Neps.

    The grafting Cello did for us appeared to take for some time and then died months later. One thing we didn't do though is excise the lateral nodes as Cliff described in his article. Perhaps that's important.
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    Very interesting topic, Rob. Please keep the updates coming!

    In our german forum someone tried to grow a bonsai Nepenthes, that sounded interesting, too... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    Ha Jan,

    If you want to bonsai Nepenthes, just try using a fungicide called Daconyl if you can get it. The results are amazing, the plants bonsai instantly. Unfortunately for us that was not what we were trying to achieve at the time! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]
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    Why would you wnat a bonsai Nep?

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