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    In another topic that is now disappearing, Tamlin described how he cultivates U. alpina. In yet another topic, I was under the impression, perhaps wrongly, that the tubers can be the beginning of new plants. Is that correct? Can I separate the tubers and plant them in separate pots, to produce new plants?

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    Question: U.alpina tubers, what to do with them?

    Answer: Send them to me! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

    Sorry I couldn't resist. I unfortunately don't know the real answer but good luck!

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    the tubers real function is to conserve water, but i think if you seperate the tubers they will grow stolons and become new plants.

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    Good question Jim. I've been wondering the same thing myself for a while.

    If anybody wants to send me one I'll answer the question for you.

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    i'm pretty sure we can find out ourselves, maybe you should buy a plant and test it for yourself? i have extras if you want to trade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Seandew @ July 27 2004,10:26)]Good question Jim. I've been wondering the same thing myself for a while.

    If anybody wants to send me one I'll answer the question for you.
    Oh no! Sean, if you don't know, we may be in trouble! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] how do I get a tuber to Down Under, what with the CITES thing and all. Can't be done vicariously.

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    I have never tried this with U. alpina but I think I have a plant I can mangle a bit for experimental purposes. However, my first attempt at U. geminiloba was a tuber that was all that was left after the mailing process. That tuber generated a new plant but it took a long time, bare in mind this plant is from a different section though. I have also tried to start U. unifolia from a tuber and that failed miserably but that might have been due to a pest problem.

    As an additional statment here, last night I was inspecting my U. jamesoniana pots. In one of them I saw new growth that was about as far across the pot from the main plant as possible. Closer examination has revealed that this new growth has come up from a tuber that must have broken off while I was potting the plants up, there is no connection to the main plant. With this information in hand I can now say it is at least possible to successfully propogate from tubers for one plant in this section so it is very probable that others will respond in kind. Tonight I think I am going to pull one tuber from each of my Orchidioides plants and drop them all into a pot and see what happens. Hopefully something cool.



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    Australia has very strict import and quarantine regulations. Sending plants to there is a big no no.

    As long as there is some of the horizontal stolon left on top of the tuber I would think it would send out new shoots.. ie the junction where the stolon is branched off from the main stolon.
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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