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    FINALLY some growth out of this N. ventricosa "Porcelain"...

    So you may remember early this year when I posted some pettable Droosera. Those plants were frozen... Also in that greenhouse I keep some other plants that like to be cooler than the tropical greenhouse so I keep them in front of the cooler in the temperature greenhouse. On this much cooler night which ended up freezing some things, it also knocked back this Nepenthes and the growth point died. I've been watching this plant like a hawk trying a few different spots to see if I could get any growth from it. While it hasn't lost any other leaves (which still surprises me) it refused to put out any new growth. Until recently, I'm super excited! I mean, I have to wait for this to grow up now, but with all the other leaves still alive and kicking maybe it won't take too long.
    Anyone experience something similar (maybe not from freezing from any type of severe setback)

    FINALLY some growth out of this N. ventricosa "Porcelain"...-20190801_065940-jpg
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    Very, nice. It would have been a real shame to lose something as unusual as this form of ventricosa. Glad to see it pulling through.

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    Looks like it is as excited to be growing finally as I am! 3 new growths makes me wonder, keep the old/top leaves since they're still green or cut them off to give sun to the new growth below?

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    Looking good.


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    id keep the top leaves just to give plant more photosynthesizing power until the activated growthpoints are larger but thats just me love seeing damaged plants come back strong, i have a red ventricosa that got left outside for first hard frost and it also lost growthpoint as well as many of the larger leaves. a year later it is finally getting back on track with new growthpoints. still pitchers are half the size they were when the damage happened but its a fighter!
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    I think that too, but then you hear people say to remove bottom shoots so they don't zap power from the top (growth point). So is the top really helping the lower growths if that's true? I think it's all "bro science" at this point. Was just curious what others through too :+)
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    yeah competing growthpoints divide resources as they are both trying to put out new leaves, but remaining leaves with no growthpoint produces more resources for the lower growthpoints. i studied horticulture but dont pretend to be an expert
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    I'd leave the bottom ones and let them grow imho - sure the bigger part might forever stall as a weird palm tree, but three heads growing out of the pot otherwise is a boon and they ought to take off once they really get going. I've got a vent x tm and a couple other plants where the main tallest point stalls for a while and basals come up, and now I've got a nice full pot.
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