Nepenthes question.

From: MARIN (
Date: Fri Jul 16 1999 - 08:07:32 PDT

Date: Fri, 16 Jul 1999 11:07:32 -0400
From: "MARIN" <>
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Subject: Nepenthes question.

   I have a small N. ventricosa that is starting to produce what
seem like buds, in the leaf axils, almost like the ones Brian Tran
asked about on his D. capensis. Is it normal for a small Nepenthes
to suddenly start having buds swelling between each leaf, and should
I cut the top off and try to root it, so as to give some of these
buds a chance to grow out. If I leave it as is and they continue to
grow, it will have several branches. I've also noticed a second
growing point that has just started to break the surface of the
medium, actual leaves. The plant only has about a 5" diameter and
is 4" tall, has 11 leaves, 7 of which are pitchered. The buds are
about the size of a BB for a BB gun, with the largest one at the top
which is noticably larger than the rest, right along side of the
newly forming leaf, which kind of seems to be stunted. It kind of
seems like the main growing point has slowed in growth as these buds
have been forming. Should I do anything to it or should I just
leave it be and have some wei rd many branched Nep. It's currently
growing in a mixture of chopped long strand sphagnum, perlite,
vermiculite, tree bark and sand. It only gets watered with
distilled water. Could a change in lighting cause this to happen.
I changed one of the fluorescent tubes for a grow tube, more on the
reddish side of the spectrum. The rest of the tubes are cool white.

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