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Carnivorous Plants: cuttings of pitcher plant

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lismil
Marks, MS
(Zone 7b)

September 5, 2010
11:03 PM

Post #8082775

hey all. I took a cutting of a pitcher plant about two weeks ago. I have no clue which plant it is...just that it is a pitcher plant..one that hangs and gets pitcher off the ends of the leaves. I put it in water immediately. It seemed to be doing ok for the first two weeks, but, today I noticed some of the leaves looking kind of yellowish, and droopy. One of the leaves was brown. I took that leaf off and discarded it. I change the water about twice a week. There are no signs of roots yet either. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

September 6, 2010
8:56 AM

Post #8083313

Sounds like a Nepenthes.

Next time take a cutting about 4-6 inches long. Remove the bottom third of the leaves. Cut a 45 degree angle at the end and stick in a moist mix of perlite and peat moss. DO NOT use Miracle grow stuff as it contains fertilizer (grrrrrrr!) and will kill the plant. Put in a bright spot OUT of direct Sun and wait. Keep soil moist, not soggy.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

September 6, 2010
11:49 AM

Post #8083639

Nepanthes for indoors and Saracenia for outside.
C
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 7, 2010
4:54 PM

Post #8086009

Mine root in about 4 weeks to 3-4 months depending on the species. Some will root in water, but I find the method that Tommy mentioned above more reliable. I sometimes put it in straight perlite. I often cut the 8' vines off my N. ventrata, and cut the pieces into 6" pieces, and then root them all.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

September 7, 2010
9:28 PM

Post #8086492

I definately need to find a nice ventrata to grow.
C
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 8, 2010
5:36 PM

Post #8088005

Keep checking your walmart. They frequently sell ventrata and miranda which are super easy to grow.

My first CP was a N. ventrata. I bought it at a flea market. It had 8' long vines. I trimmed them frequently and replanted them. Unfortunately, last winter did a terrible job on her. I almost lost her and luckily she started regrowing in the spring. Now she is 6" long. But at least she survived.

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

September 18, 2010
4:38 PM

Post #8106429

Hi! im about to take some cutting of my n. fusca and maxima x talengensis, springs just starting and im just wondering if its warm enough yet. Last cuttings i took i put in straight sphagnum moss and they rooted pretty quick in my greenhouse. I'll keep you's posted on these cuttings.

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starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 19, 2010
1:57 PM

Post #8107971

That is a beautiful plant. Next time you do cuttings, could you make a thread and show in pictures how you do it? I bet that would help with a lot of questions. I may do that soon.

I am teaching a class on Carnivorous Plant Propagation in October at a local library.

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

September 20, 2010
5:11 PM

Post #8110487

Yes will do. Though i don't do much, just cut, dust in rooting powder and stick in moss and wait.
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 20, 2010
8:02 PM

Post #8111037

I think pictures would help, and I know you are pretty successful. I am still elarning. I have about 50% success depending on the species.
lismil
Marks, MS
(Zone 7b)

September 21, 2010
5:59 PM

Post #8112860

I pulled off all the brown and yellow leaves, and my cutting is still hanging on. still no signs of roots though. I bought some chemical free perlite and peat moss. What mix is best 50%/50%? Id like to transfer it to a perlite and peat moss mix too see if it does any better.
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

September 22, 2010
3:42 AM

Post #8113524

50/50 is perfect.
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 22, 2010
5:08 AM

Post #8113604

I keep it in straight perlite or if it is N. ventrata, I put it in water until it roots. I have had brown vines sprout, so don't give up. It has taken as long as 3 months.

When I tried to put unrooted cuttings into the standard peat and perlite mix, I couldn't keep it wet enough to get them to root. But I know other people have had success where I haven't.
lismil
Marks, MS
(Zone 7b)

September 22, 2010
1:44 PM

Post #8114623

Thanks for all the info guys. It is now in a 50/50 mix. We will see what happens. I also had a rhipsalis cutting that was starting to root that I transfered to this mix to see if the rhipsalis do better in this mix then in my miracle grow soil I normally use. Im glad soemone mentioned not to put it in miracle grow, as that is exactly what I would have done.

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

September 23, 2010
1:55 PM

Post #8116871

Fertilizers and carnivorous plants are a questionable subject. I personlly dont use fertilizers though some growers swear by it. Some c.ps can handly them and some can't, think i killed my Albany pitcher plant by getting weak fertilizer on it when watering my orchids. Neps leaves can be sprayed with weak fertilizer but i wouldn't put it in the soil mix of any c.p. Esp. slow release fertilizers which are alot of the times working when the plants dormant and doesn't need fertilizer.
I plant my cuttings in straight sphagnum moss, like a orchid when you want to promote root growth, only orchids rot easier than neps.
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 23, 2010
5:35 PM

Post #8117214

I use weak orchid fertilizers on my Neps. but rarely and never on the soil. I find that too much fertilizer on the Neps keeps them from pitchering. They don't need to work as hard to get the nutrients they need.

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