Cut of the pitcher?

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Cut of the pitcher?

by killerost » Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:16 pm

I've got a Nephenthes Alata and I'm wondering wether or not to prune of some old pitchers.. I really don't like to cut of parts of my plants, but I've also read that old pitchers should be removed.. so I've taken a picture and I'll let you guys decide.

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Are these dead and ready for cutting of?
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Re: Cut of the pitcher?

by coachmancuso » Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:29 pm

I say cut it off

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Re: Cut of the pitcher?

by Matt » Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:07 pm

I am by no means a Nepenthes expert, but I never cut anything off any of my plants unless it's completely brown. I've heard many times that plants will slowly absorb whatever energy and nutrients they can as the rest of the pitcher browns. Cutting it off before it browns means that you could be cutting away a source of energy from the plant.
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Re: Cut of the pitcher?

by Hayden » Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:16 pm

I agree with Matt, the plant pitcher dies when it dies :)

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Re: Cut of the pitcher?

by dionaea muscipula » Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:29 pm

sometimes nepenthes brown only the top half of the pitcher because it does not want to catch anymore insects, but it still wants to digest what it had caught before it started to turn brown to get the nutrients that are left over, so you should wait for the pitcher to turn completely black to cut it off.
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Re: Cut of the pitcher?

by killerost » Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:25 am

I've got some small "soon to be pitchers" on some of the leaves, cutting of the old once won't make them grow faster?
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Re: Cut of the pitcher?

by snapperhead51 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:43 am

Hi Killerost.
I my experience cutting off the pitchers too early can affect your plant , it would be better to wait till it or the pitchers are well over half even 3/4 browned off, (the length of the pitcher) before discarding them, usually as one is dyeing off anther is forming , its the way it works , to get larger pitchers if you are willing when in full going mode mid spring!! cut off every second pitcher forming or the next one forming , this makes the next in line get both lots of nutrients and usually doubles in size , but only if you dare , I do it often with mostly good results.
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Re: Cut of the pitcher?

by killerost » Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:34 am

Ok, thanks for feedback everybody! :)
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