getting Basel and stem shoots going quicker

John Yates

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Hi Nep growers,
Like to discuss with those who want to make your plant produce stems growths easier for you all , this works on most nep plants all though best done on plants that are mature in length normally stems over 40 cm approx give or take a bit .
your fav plant just grow great up right , and some time produce a off shot or now and again , some plants even regress as the brown stem over takes the green stem growth ,right you probably all see this in a plant or 2 over time !, if not it happens .
by simply putting the stem from up right to less than 30 degrees angle laying over will induce the new Basel growth desired , some very quickly other take a bit of time but success rate is well over 95% ++ for me.
There are many neps that will just auto shoot up Basel and stem growth any time of the day many hybrids too , but many specie and H/L hybrids dont , this is a easy way to help that process along with very little effort on your behalf . its best done in spring time or summer growth in normal growth areas as most neps out side there natural habit dont grow much in winter times , but if you have a controlled micro climate any time is good .
that a very simple explanation, hope it makes sense, if you need more info just ask very busy just now with new house going up but will look in as often as i can
thanks J
 

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
John, you are magical.
I think it only works on large/ mature Nepenthes. The theory is that the plant thinks that it has fell over to one side, so it is likely to decide growing a new branch to replace any potential light-loss from the previous position.
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John Yates

Carnivorous Plant Addict
actually Will i got the information from nature , observations and seeing the plants in the wild and ones that shoot basel and ones that did not , mostly , so tried it at home and it worked well on most plants as you say many not all but on most plants i tried , all ways do it in grow season spring as winter time they slow off growing mainly here any how !
 

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
Thank you, John! :)
I didn't intentionally bend the N. x Miranda, it was too heavy and fell on a side. I have tried to support it back to being straight, and then found out about the new growth point.
 
hmm, interesting, I have a 8' to 10' nepenthes shoot and it fell over recently and I did notice a lot of new basal shoots, this could explain the sudden growth spurt
 

Sparrow

Seedling
hello to the past.
Its also happening to one of my Vikings in the same fashion.

When is the best time to separate the basel and root it?
 

Chen

Carnivore
When is the best time to separate the basel and root it?
I would suggest letting the basal grow out until it's quite large, then snip it off near the base using disinfected pair of shears. Ensure there's enough contact with the media, typically sphagnum moss, then bag up the cutting for high humidity. Leave it alone for a while and periodically check for any new growth from the plant or mold.
 

Sparrow

Seedling
I would suggest letting the basal grow out until it's quite large, then snip it off near the base using disinfected pair of shears. Ensure there's enough contact with the media, typically sphagnum moss, then bag up the cutting for high humidity. Leave it alone for a while and periodically check for any new growth from the plant or mold.
Great! Thanks Chen.
 

pitcherperfect

Carnivorous Plant Addict
My Miranda was a cutting so it has always just been a vine and I always wanted it to basal
I will knock it over right now
Thank you!
 
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