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    I have a Nep cutting flowering right now! But there is a problem, it hasn't rooted yet. Should i remove the flowers, or let the cutting grow as is?
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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    Flowering can be a sign of two things - a mature, happy healthy plant flowering as part of its life cycle, or it can be a sign that the plant is stressed, thinks it's going to die and is having a last ditch attempt to reproduce before quitting the mortal coil.

    I would suggest that the flower is stress-induced, and that the cutting is putting all of its energy into the flower. I would strongly recommend to cut it off.

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    Will do.
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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    what species is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (SydneyNeps @ Mar. 23 2005,12:58)]... or it can be a sign that the plant is stressed, thinks it's going to die and is having a last ditch attempt to reproduce before quitting the mortal coil.
    Hi Hamish,

    I've heared this theory quite often, but have you observed this with Nepenthes by your own?

    Nepenthes need some months time from initiating a flower until it finally opens. - I believe often cuttings which flower had already started to produce the flower when the cutting was taken. And then there is no way to stop the flower.

    Joachim

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    I've seen it once in a Nepenthes, although I've seen it numerous times with many other plant species.

    In any event, regardless of the cause, cutting the flower off would be the best thing to do, as it makes the cutting put its energy into the roots rather than the flower.

    Hamish
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    I had this happen with a relatively stressed N. maxima cutting. Here's a pic:


    I didn't cut the flower off, and I believe it did set the cutting back as a result. It did not die, but is only now, about 5 months later, starting to grow normally.

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    Maybe i should see someone with a N. truncata flowering. I think truncata x ventricosa would make a magnificient hybrid. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    Update: Parents convinced to allow me to keep greenhouse heated over winter. Most species will not be lost. Too lazy to update growlist.

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